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Private developers urge good land use planning

Land use planning, in the latest version of the National Land Use Bill and Management Act, calls for more multisectoral representation and input, including technical experts and experienced planners and operators.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

New Urbanism toward sustainable cities and communities

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‘New Urbanism’ is a relatively young term, introduced in the early 1980s in the United States to call forth the need to create pedestrian and transit-oriented neighborhood design and a mix of land uses toward more cohesive communities that conventional, suburban development popularized after World War II.

Posted: July 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Urban planner cites pros, cons of Manila Bay reclamation project

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Manila Bay. INQUIRER PHOTO/BOY ABING

Members OF social media have banded together to protest the Manila Bay Reclamation project. Lately, Facebook petition sites called “S.O.S. Manila Bay: Save our Sunset!” and “No to Reclamation of Manila Bay” have surfaced.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Living with design

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EVEN subway routes (and their maps!) have to be carefully laid out and designed as an integral part of urban planning and as a fine example of graphic design.

A few weeks ago, I picked up a book from Fully Booked, a little “handbook” sized one titled “Design: A Very Short Introduction.” It was written by John Heskett, a professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic’s School of Design, who has also authored many essays and stories for various design publications. In his book, Heskett looks into the application of design into everyday life, and explores its many definitions and applications

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Biz Buzz: Megawide’s PPP pipeline

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After winning its first public-private partnership (PPP) contract involving a major school infrastructure project with the Department of Education, construction and engineering firm Megawide Construction Corp. is getting the hang of the PPP ballgame.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Transforming slums into formal communities

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IN ADDRESSING the housing needs in our country, SHDA believes that a roadmap must take into consideration urban dwellers living in slums. JOAN BONDOC

How important is housing to healthy human and community development? According to Anaclaudia Rossbach, consultant for World Bank on low-income housing settlements and metropolitan management, it matters in ways both subtle and profound.

Posted: October 5th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Solving the flooding problem

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As a curious teenager, I would often hike to follow a couple of creeks up to their respective sources. This was about 30 years ago and my place in North Caloocan City was a sparsely populated area dominated by rice fields and grasslands.

Posted: August 18th, 2012 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Urban experts plan ‘future’ of Metro Manila

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Imagine Metro Manila as a humongous stock room filled with millions upon millions of boxes randomly arranged. Now imagine what amount of effort it must take to rearrange all these boxes into a certain pattern. Still imagine the added difficulty when you realize that the big room is getting even bigger, and more boxes are being added.

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Art for heart’s sake

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Finally, somebody in the government cares enough to do something about the absolute lack of urban planning in this country, covering particularly the congested location we call Metro Manila.

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Architect celebrates past, designs for the future

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ARCHITECT FELINO ‘Jun’ Palafox Jr.: A man for nature, God, his country and his fellowmen.

Like any other child, Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. liked playing in the sand. But while other children would build sand castles out of their fairytale imaginations, the young Palafox would instead strive to create miniature townships, cities and buildings and adorn these with rivers and bridges—yes, all out of sand.

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Land warriors breathe green to revitalize Metro

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RUFINO

The Philippines has begun embarking on its first baby steps toward making Metro Manila a more green, livable and sustainable city. The target may sound ambitious. After all, the world’s fifth largest urban area—home to some 12 million people—has long made headlines for being one of the most polluted and most populated metropolitan areas in the world.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Creating unique space solutions

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MAJESTIC illumination: a touch of turquoise and floating drop lights on a high ceiling

You just bought a modestly sized studio unit. Like most buyers, you would like to make your newly acquired home as cozy as possible. But you also like to make your home a reflection of your personality so the last thing you would want is to have an identical interior design and furniture with your neighbor.

Posted: May 4th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

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