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Manila: Future Habitations with SSC-SHLRM Students

October 18,2018

Manila is one of the busiest cities in the Philippines. Home to several landmarks such as the Luneta Park, National Museum, the buzzing streets of Divisoria and so much more, it is also, however, the home of poverty, congestion, pollution and ecological diversity.

Last September 27, 2018, the 4th year Tourism Planning and Development (TPAD) class of the School of Hotel, Leisure and Restaurant Management (SHLRM) attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s forum and exhibition entitled “”Manila; Future Habitations” held at the San Ignacio Church and Mission House, Intramuros.

This studio focused on four strategic places adjacent to or within Manila’s historic core – the Port of Manila, the Pasig Riverfront, Intramuros and the Baseco Compound. The studio mainly focused on the design of human settlements, new types of dwellings and its’ challenge of designing for the human condition and against future tensions. 

Thoughts and ideas were presented and discussed by several faculty and students of the Graduate School as well as some of Manila’s urban designers, planners and key stakeholders. They also exhibited floor plans, detailed researches and dioramas to showcase their vision of the new Manila. This forum and exhibition had indeed become an eye-opener on what is the current situation in various areas in the city and what could be done to make these areas economically sustainable. Moreover, the students were aided to become more proactive in becoming future agents of change.

By Patrice Anne Santiago, 416A BSHRM