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[OPINION] Slowing down the city

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The nation needs strategic pauses. Slowed-down city living should not be available only to the few and affluent who stay in cloistered and gated subdivisions.

#2030Now: To make metro areas more livable, mayors need urban planners

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Aside from a rail-based mass transport system, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren also points out the need for pedestrian systems

HIRE URBAN PLANNERS. Practicing urban design consultant Paulo Alcazaren believes traffic is not the problem, rather, it is the lack of an integrated, comprehensive mass transport system. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] We need parks, and ones we can actually use

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Government officials, please try to delegate urban planning decisions to actual urban planners

How do we build cities inclusive of street vendors?

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

People Make Cities, a group of urbanists led by planner Julia Nebrija, hosts a discussion to answer: 'Who are our streets really for?'

CROWDED. Street vendors are integral to people's everyday lives in Metro Manila. Photo by Ponch Escobar/rRappler

Designing cities to counter loneliness? Let’s explore the possibilities

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:23 PM

It’s not that the built environment 'causes' interaction, but it can certainly either enable or constrain potential interaction

[Right of Way] The future of cities: How do you solve a problem like Manila?

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Urban and transport planners weigh in on solutions for a metropolis suffering from overdevelopment

[OPINION] Why we need to make urban planning inclusive

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Making planning work means putting the people at the heart and center of what we all want to achieve. Plans without ownership are also plans that are useless.

Pasig’s public safety project named one of Asia’s 'most outstanding'

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Out of 148 outstanding smart city projects, Pasig City is among the 19 winners in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), alongside China, Singapore, and Taiwan, among other winners.

Sara Duterte returns to Japan for urban planning lessons

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and other Davao City officials are in Japan as part of the city government's partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency

JAPAN LESSONS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio heads to a nearby river system in Tokyo, during a visit with other Davao City officials to study Japan's urban planning efforts. Photo courtesy of Councilor Maria Belen Acosta

You want parks, sidewalks, plazas? DBM has P2.5B for interested cities

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Interested city governments can submit conceptual designs of proposed projects, which will be evaluated by a team in June

RIVERSIDE PLAZA. A group of students hold a dance rehearsal at the entrance of the Iloilo Esplanade. File photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Metro Manila homes reduced to housing – UP professor

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:53 PM

'We have reduced home to housing as simply a commodity,' says UP economics professor Chester Arcilla at an urban development forum

'WHAT IS A HOME?' UP professor Chester Arcillano asks the audience at the UrbanisMO forum what makes a home. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

How to win war on traffic? Talk to your barangay officials – transport planner

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Transportation planner Robert Siy says the war on traffic is largely fought at the local level

TRANSPORTATION PLANNER. Robert Siy delivers a presentation at the UrbanisMO forum at the Ateneo Law School. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The proposal will be tested by 'the end of this year at the latest' in 5 cities across western Germany, including former capital Bonn and industrial cities Essen and Mannheim

PUBLIC TRANSPORT. A crowd forms as commuters get on and off a subway train under an electronic billboard in Berlin 31 January 2008. John Macdougall/AFP

When climate comes unhinged, we need to re-think how to build our cities

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Cities will need to adapt drastically to avoid catastrophes

OVERFLOWING SEINE. A picture taken on January 26, 2018, shows the flooded banks of the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the backround in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Harvard design students to help in Manila urban planning

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The students will present their findings in September 2018 on redesigning the Baseco Compound, the Manila Port Area, the Pasig River edges, and Intramuros

DEAN. Mohsen Mostafavi speaks to reporters before the Manila: Future Habitations forum at the Ayuntamiento de Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Harvard design professor asks: Don't Metro Manila commuters know they deserve better?

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:46 PM

A Harvard design and architecture professor asks why Filipinos keep on enduring horrible commutes in Metro Manila

DESIGN EXPERT.  Špela Videčnik delivers an introductory speech at the Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

Duterte: Manila will be a 'dead city' in 25 years

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The President suggests that, in a decade, Manila should be 'closed' and other places like Clark in Pampanga be developed instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the newly-appointed government officials following their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler readers share how they really feel about Manila traffic and parking issues

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Traffic has not only affected our personal schedules, but also takes time away to spend with loved ones. This Rappler-led survey digs deeper into how traffic changes our lives every single day

From Yolanda to Marawi: What gov't must consider in rehabilitation

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Environmental planners discuss what went wrong in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation which can be avoided in the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City

Uber website shows traffic data around the world

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Launching Movement Uber says the website is designed to help urban planners make more informed decisions

BIG DATA. The ride-sharing giant is opening up its data trove. Screengrab from YouTube/Uber

Carmaggedon redux: Will building more roads solve our traffic problems?

Nov 19, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Many people have proposed various solutions to our traffic problems Will building more roads necessarily relieve traffic congestion and increase travel time in the long run?

Environmental planning topnotcher: Use more lands for education

Jun 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Kim Robert De Leon who topped the Environmental Planning Licensure Exam shares his vision for urban planning as well as youth development

TOPNOTCHER. Kim Robert De Leon is passionate about making sure that land is being utilized for education. Photo by Dwight De Leon

Cagayan de Oro mayoral bets: Where they stand on issues

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno former city mayor Vicente Emano and lawmaker Rufus Rodriguez trade barbs over how they would run the city if they win the elections

FRIENDLY. Cagayan de Oro Mayor bet Vicente Emano (left) of PaDayon Pilipino Party, City mayor Oscar Moreno of Liberal Party and city 2nd district representative Rufus Rodriguez held hands after the third and final debate in Lim Ket Kai Mall on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Want jobs? ‘People should protect tourism’ – Gordon

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:36 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate Sherwin Gatchalian says Metro Manila is failure in urban planning characterized by congestion and urban decay

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Finland city holds city planning contest using video game

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Interested players should download and use a specially designed map for the video game Cities: Skylines

CITY PLANNING. Would you help a Finnish town in its city planning by playing a game? Image from http://www.hameenlinna.fi/

Are sustainable cities the answer to climate resilient future?

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Over the years there has been a growing movement for cities to do their share in carbon reduction and adaptation to climate change

SUSTAINABLE CITY. The city of Ghent in Belgium does not only pride itself as a tourist place in Belgium but are also implementing climate adaptation projects. Photo by Jed Alegado

Create healthy cities, decolonize urban planning

Oct 05, 2015 - 5:17 PM

I think Manila is making the same mistakes the US did 100 years ago when it planned for cars and profits for a few instead of people

To solve Metro Manila traffic: Move more people, not cars

Oct 02, 2015 - 5:30 PM

To start a serious campaign to solve traffic urban planner Benjamin dela Peña says citizens should keep putting pressure on government to act on the problem

ORDINARY DAY. Traffic jams like this on EDSA have become part of the daily commute for Metro Manila residents. Rappler file photo

How do you solve Metro Manila traffic? You don't

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:27 PM

A Filipino overseas who specializes in urban planning says no amount of urban revitalization or urban renewal can remedy the unsustainable and cancerous growth of our leading primate city

Rappler Talk: Solving Metro Manila's transportation woes

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:25 PM

What does it take to ease traffic in Metro Manila?

Wawancara Ridwan Kamil soal #205BDG dan mimpi Bandung juara

Sep 26, 2015 - 3:08 PM

Insyaallah dengan kekompakan dan kolaborasi mimpi kita Bandung juara kota terbaik se Indonesia bisa kita capai bersama sama Bantu saya untuk membantu Anda terima kasih ”

Walikota Bandung Ridwan Kamil memperlihatkan cincin batu akiknya kepada wartawan. Foto dari Twitter

Want better public transit in Metro Manila? Organize!

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Sick and tired of feeling like a second class citizen every time you ride the bus or train? Time to unite fellow straphangers

CROWDED. Getting on the MRT is a test of endurance. Photo from Dinna Dayao

#SG50: What Manila can learn from Singapore, the Garden City

Aug 07, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Singapore the model city state of Southeast Asia serves as a benchmark of progress for its third world neighbors

#SG50: How planning made Singapore a Garden City

Aug 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Planning parks and open spaces and constant reinvention made Singapore Asia s most livable city offering many lessons for urban centers around the world

HORTICULTURAL DESTINATION. Singapore's Gardens By the Bay features tree-shaped, solar-powered vertical gardens called "supertrees." They form part of a nightly show of choreographed lights and sounds. The Gardens are a masterpiece of urban planning and sustainability. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:18 PM

With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic Mass Zumba workouts or weddings malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities experts say

A Filipino shopper walks into a foreign brand clothes shop at a Manila shopping mall on November 5, 2008. Consumers remain upbeat in the Philippines, splurging on clothes, holidays and gadgetry despite the financial crisis rocking the world, a Nielsen Co. survey announced November 6, 2008. The Philippines was one of only seven out of 51 countries which did not experience a drop in consumer confidence this year according to an on-line survey of 500 middle-class people conducted by Nielsen from September 22 to October 6. Nielsen credited this to the increased remittances of the eight million Filipinos working overseas, saying this cushioned the country from the effects of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

[Dash of SAS] Learned helplessness and coping with the MRT

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:10 PM

We can continue challenging our legislators to take public transportation every day until they show some empathy and listen until they stop ignoring the problem and address it

Rush to progress? Baguio allows taller buildings after 1990 earthquake

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Twenty five years after the devastating earthquake Baguio City wants to double the number of floors allowed for buildings in commercial areas Is this safe?

UNCHECKED GROWTH? The urban sprawl in Baguio reflects the city's role as the buzzing economic center of the Cordilleras, bouncing back from the devastation of the July 16, 1990 killer quake. Photo by Jessa Polonio

What Pope Francis says on designing livable cities

Jun 23, 2015 - 8:30 PM

In his environmental encyclical the Argentine pontiff also talks about traffic housing and putting quality of life first when designing urban centers

Pope Francis (C, back) arrives to lead the Canonization Mass of Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14 January 2015. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

MRT is in trouble, is the bus system ready?

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Would you rather take the bus or the MRT? Why not improve both?

COMMUTE. Would you rather take the bus or the MRT? Why not improve both? MRT photo by Jose Del/Rappler, Bus photo by Joseph Albano/Rappler

Quake vulnerability a shaky issue for APEC

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Will the Philippines be able to recover its capital back if a major earthquake wrecks it? The chair of APEC s Senior Officials’ Meeting asks

URBAN SPRAWL. High-rise buildings and shanties in Pasay City, December 27, 2014. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Remember the Love Bus? Might be time to have it back

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Such a state owned bus system is missing in today’s metropolis

Design the ideal PH transit route with Transitmix

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Transitmix is a web based sketching tool that can help you draw routes more efficiently

TRANSITMIX. Map Manila's routes and pricing like an urban planner. Screen shot from Transitmix app.

Wanted: More liveable PH cities

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:40 AM

The more prosperous cities there are the more distributed the wealth and opportunities around the country

Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo win award for sustainable city planning

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:58 PM

All 15 city entries featured wide sidewalks renewable energy disaster resilient designs and green architecture

#AnimatED: Our collective guilt over Metro Manila traffic

Oct 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM

We have not moved this infrastructure problem beyond our dining table conversations or daily litanies from our cars to collectively address the problem

What Quezon City could have looked like

Oct 12, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Here are some features of the 1941 and 1949 master plans for the city and what has happened to these plans since

The 1949 Master Plan for Quezon City side-by-side what QC looks like in 2014. Images from 'Master Plan for the New Capital City' and Google Maps

#AnimatED: Babaha at babaha na lang

Sep 22, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Gumawa tayo ng pamahalaang pang rehiyon para sa Metro Manila Bukas makalawa haharapin na rin ng mga siyudad sa ibang bahagi ng Filipinas ang ganitong problema

MMDA giving out fire trees in the wake of #GlendaPH

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The agency has 1 000 fire trees to replace trees uprooted by the typhoon Metro Manila residents can email to get those trees

IN FULL FLAME. Fire trees, locally called 'caballero,' bring out their red and orange flowers in summer. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Green groups to DPWH: Good road design includes trees

Jul 03, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The effects of a 2012 memo issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr giving the DPWH blanket approval to cut trees in 8 regions are being felt