AECOM has teamed with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) on the future shape and lay out of the Filipino capital of Manila.
The collaborative project, Manila: Future Habitations, which was recently unveiled in a public forum in the city, looked at the challenges to sustainable development and renewal, with a particular focus on the design of its human settlements, new types of dwellings, the connective tissue and common ground of cities, and the challenge of designing for the human condition against future tensions. It also outlined the need to future proof and establish sustainable development in the identified areas in Manila.
The project is the final part of the three-year series on Southeast Asian megacities, following similar studies for Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, and the sixth year of the AECOM-Harvard GSD collaboration aimed at providing some of the GSD’s top students with exposure to the urban design challenges and opportunities resulting from the hyper-growth across Asia’s cities. The programme provides a platform for policy makers, urban planners and architects, and business leaders in the subject city to engage with each other and with new generations of talent on future development.
AECOM president, Asia Pacific, Sean Chiao, said: "The Southeast Asia Studio project has been a very successful and meaningful collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design because we are shaping the mindsets of new and existing generations, through the students’ design research and the public forums. It is imperative that we consider the future through new eyes and from fresh perspectives. We hope that the insights and proposals gained from the bright minds in this design exercise will be beneficial to Manila."