The Need for Smart Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning

As we face a rapidly increasing population, with over 100 million Filipinos projected to live in urban areas by 2050, the need for sustainable urban planning to develop smart, resilient, and livable cities has never been more critical. Already, 54% of our 109.03 million people reside in urban areas, a trend only set to increase.

Rich in Potential

We are a nation rich in potential. Our abundant natural and human capital resources position us to become a first-world country by 2050.

With projections supporting the strength in  Philippine economy, the country is poised to be the 16th topeconomy in the world by 2050 and the top 12th economy by 2075. A new and exciting era for the country.

Our strengths are many — from leading in marine biodiversity and voice call centers to holding a demographic sweet spot with an average age of 26.

A Vision for a First-World Country

"Philippines 2050" underscores the vital role of urban planning, environmental planning, urban design, and architecture in enhancing quality of life, fostering inclusivity, and cultivating superior communities, towns, cities, provinces, and regions.

This vision is an invitation — to inspire various sectors especially current and future generations of leaders, developers, builders, architects, planners, and designers to shape our future communities and cities. 

This advocacy aims to engage the government, the private sector, the environmental advocates, the civil society, and the Filipino people to collectively push and position the Philippines as a competitive country with a robust economy. It is a bold and transformative blueprint for the nation's future.

We need strong collaboration among the government, the private sector, and the citizens to attain the following goals:

  • Achieve most of the 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs) by 2030; 
  • Join the list of the first-world countries by 2040; and
  • Rank as one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2050. 

We need visionary leadership with:

  • Strong political will;
  • Good appreciation of good planning like urban planning and socio-economic planning; 
  • Good decisions like good governance, good architecture, and good engineering; and responsible citizenship 
“Development is not worthy of the name unless it is spread evenly like butter on a piece of bread.”

- Ar. Felino A. Palafox, Jr. (1973)

Smart Cities, Vertical Cities, and 15-minute Cities

These are the cities of the future. We build smart cities by first understanding people's aspirations and challenges and creating a vision guided by these. They have an economy with an enabling government and good governance that provides and directs resources where they are most needed. Smart cities also provide many choices for people in how they move about and where and how they live. Smart cities consider all these in their use of innovation and technology. 

On the other hand, we build vertical cities to help alleviate rapid urbanization issues by providing more compact, high-rise with mixed-use development and mixed-income residential towers for various residents. This will save on space, land, and utilities and prevent more urban sprawl into the forest and the farms. Through this, we hope to see more tall buildings adopting sustainable architecture and green design and allot more green areas and public spaces for a healthier environment.

Smart City for Crawlers
Smart City for Crawlers

Lastly, we envision developing 15-minute cities, a concept that was first introduced in 2016 by Carlos Moreno and Anne Hidalgo, the lady mayor of Paris, France.

These 15-minute cities and 5-minute neighborhoods incorporate seamless connectivity and mobility, where every destination is within 15-minute walking, biking, and public transport, with a location that has more balance between jobs and housing.

This coincides with our company's purpose of creating a sustainable future for all and value in every place, building, and community we design. Smart and compact cities address urban sprawl and create livable, healthy, vibrant, sustainable, well-connected, and resilient communities. 

Best Practices and Postcards from the Future

One example is Dubai, where our founder was name-hired as Architect-Urban Planner to help bring the then desert town of Dubai into the first world within 15 years.

He and his team were tasked to create a Garden City out of the desert, and plan and design Dubai well into the 21st century. To achieve the goal, they traveled across the globe to observe and learn from several progressive countries with cities that became first world in 15 years.

Design the Future Today

As with every great plan, it starts as a tiny seed of vision - watered, nourished, and nurtured – not in the future but in the NOW. Thus, we encourage our planners, architects, engineers, and designers, together with our clients - leaders in the government and industry – AND the future generations of city builders to start collaborating TODAY. 

Let our professions be platforms for innovation and positive change, so we can create sustainable solutions to save and improve human lives and help the Philippines rise as a first-world country in the Top 20 Economies of the World by 2050.

Let us work smarter, faster, and long-term TOGETHER.

Let us leave a legacy that the present and future generations will benefit from.

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