ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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WHAT is an environmental planner? There is a common notion that environmental planners are mainly concerned with the preservation of the environment and natural resources. In reality, the profession is also integral to urban, town and regional planning. The profession of environmental planner is the official recognition given by the…

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CRIME is conditioned before it is committed. There are two general stages before a crime is committed: the context and conditioning of the criminal, and the design of the places where the crime will take place. In the first stage, lack of education and job opportunities due to poverty, culture…

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I had an unexpected trip around Pampanga last Friday, and I was surprised to see that Pampanga has a lot of beautiful sceneries that remain hidden. Who would have thought that such sceneries were only two to three hours away from Metro Manila? After more than 40 years of becoming…

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In my paper that I submitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, titled Manila Megalopolis 2020, I expressed the consequence of the primacy of Metro Manila. On the issue of transportation and mobility, I shared that the daytime population of Metro Manila is higher than the nighttime population. This…

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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For the past decades, there is no institutional memory of previous benefits and recommendations to address urban ills, issues and challenges like rapid growth and urbanization, transport and traffic, infrastructure to address flooding, informal settlers, and access to major activity centers like business districts, among others. Government has been plagued…

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Traffic kills. Health organizations around the world say that walking 10,000 steps a day is required to become healthy. Whenever I travel to Dubai, New York, London and Paris, I am able to walk at least 20,000 steps but here in Makati, I only get to walk 2,000 steps. The…

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The division between public and private places has been stark. Public spaces are rarely safe or well-maintained, while the private realm is isolated, with built barriers and walls to separate it from the public. The “Not in my backyard” attitude or NIMBY seems to be the sentiment of many. For…

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