ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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TIME magazine labeled 1989 as “The Year That Changed the World.” Europe saw its divisions and its centrality wither, Germany finally saw the Fall of the Berlin Wall, China pushed for democracy at Tiananmen Square, South Africa’s apartheid system has started to collapse, and the world started to feel the…

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FAMOUS plans were usually attached to a man’s name – Abercrombie, Burnham.These days there isn’t a single visionary, godlike planner. PlaNYC, for example, wasn’t called the ‘Bloomberg Plan.’ ” –Patrick Philips, Chief Executive of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Regular readers of this column might already be familiar with my…

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WATERFRONT real estate has higher land value when developed as frontdoor towns, cities, and communities because of the amenity value of the bodies of water – oceanfronts, seafronts, lakefronts, and riverfronts. People flock to the coast to be closer to nature and the calming effect of the sound and smell…

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Second of two parts Think about this: 12 bikes can fit in one parking space. That alone presents a lot of development opportunities and savings. Last week, I talked about how the Urban Land Institute (ULI), through its Building Healthy Places Initiative, has managed to give an insightful and comprehensive…

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PHYSICAL design affects human behavior at all scales—buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and regions. The places in which we live, work, and play can affect both our mental and physical well-being.” –10 Principles for Building Healthy Places, ULI Report 2013 Filipinos are being stressed out by our overdue transportation infrastructure update, our…

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IN the recently concluded National Conference of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP), I spoke on the qualities, lessons, and in some, radical changes that some cities around the world have pushed forward to become the progressive cities they are today. In my long experience and exposure to different…

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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GLOBAL cities are influential, progressive, connected, diverse, and optimistic cities. These cities are deemed strategic sites and have a direct and lasting effect on global affairs through socio-economic means. Advances in communication and technology like the Internet and the Aerotropolis may have reduced travel times and brought cities closer virtually,…

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In September, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted its annual Congress for Architects, Planners, Designers, and Thinkers in Shanghai, China. This year’s theme focused on the Future City: Toward Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. The conference’s aim is to drive thinking beyond just buildings, and create a harmonious…

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