The Magic is in the Mundane: Evolving role of landscape architecture in greening Metro Manila amidst rapid urbanisation

Pasig City Completely Devoid of Trees; Photo by Daphne Oseña-Paez

Pasig City Completely Devoid of Trees; Photo by Daphne Oseña-Paez


“Within its moss-covered walls, hoary with the scars of centuries, are contained a priceless collection of objects of high historic value, beautiful shrines, and age-defying temples – things which the tourist in his search for the strangely new, strangely old, will discover in no other part of the world”. - Daniel O’Connell, 1908

This is a quote from Manila, The Pearl of the Orient, a tourist guide book published i

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Uncovering the possible existence of ‘positive’ gentrification in Singapore

Tiong Bahru Estate by Benjamin Hu

The Tiong Bahru Estate which was the first planned housing estate in Singapore, was conserved in 2003 by the URA. Source: Author’s own.


Singapore is a city-state that has progressed from a small port to be a highly developed and competitive city that is widely recognised in the global economy. To stand in this position today within a short amount of time meant that rapid transformation needed to occur at a monumental scale. A notable example of this transformation is the revitalis

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Pop-Up Urbanism, a Future for Southeast Asia

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One of many Eric Zacharevic murals in Penang. Photo Source:

The urbanisation of metropolitan areas and the character of cities have taken a new dimension in recent years. There is an increasing focus for local residents to have an active role in developing the cities of the world. Such trend is seen as an important step in promoting sustainable practices and improving planning policies in urban areas (Yuen, 2009).  With the emergence of the “Maker Movement” from DIY (Do-It-You

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Mga Luntiang Lugar (Green Places): Landscape Architects provide farming opportunities for small neighbourhoods in the Philippines

Luntiang Barangay PALA-NCCA, 2014

Community planting. Photo by PALA-NCCA Luntiang Barangay Project Team, 2014.

Landscape Architecture and Sustainability

In a recent write up at The Dirt by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Patricia O’Donnell mentions the possible role that landscape architects can do in helping solve inter-connected problems faced by all. As part of the United Nations new sustainable development agenda formalised last September 2015 in New York, O’Donnell points out that landscape architects could co

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Key Features and Possible Benefits of World Heritage Inscription for the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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A close up photo of the beautifully crafted Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tanglin Gate. Photo by Gabriel Caballero.

Last 4 July 2015, during the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was successfully inscribed in the prestigious World Heritage List. It was a successful culmination point of three years of preparation work from different government agencies, specialist consultants and heritage conservation groups in Singapore that established the site’s ‘Outstanding Universal Value’. The World Heritage inscription serves as a timely reminder to Singapore that is celebrating 50 years of nationhood, that the remembrance of the past is part of its celebration of the future, where heritage sites and new developments can harmoniously co-exist side by side, as part of the vision of having a City in a Garden.

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Recent Discussions on Cultural Landscapes in the Philippines

Mts. Iglit-Baco is a cultural landscape that has been shaped by centuries of human activity by the Tau-Buid and Buhid Mangyan communities. Copyright: Bojer Capati

The grasslands at the base of Mts. Iglit-Baco has been shaped by centuries of human activity and tamaraw (native buffalo) grazing. Copyright: Bojer Capati.

The world contains a vast variety of landscapes that represent a myriad of regions, cultures, and different approaches of man’s adaptation to the natural world. Since 1992, these particular landscapes were termed as ‘cultural landscapes’, recognised by UNESCO to be the combined works of nature and man. These places give a glimpse of the ev

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Singapore’s Rail Corridor concludes First Stage of International RFP


The KTM Railway Track at Commonwealth, Singapore, 2011. Copyright: Yvonne Yung.

The KTM Railway Track at Commonwealth, Singapore, 2011. Copyright: Yvonne Yung.

Last 23 April 2015 marked the end date for international design teams to submit for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Concept Master Plan for the Singapore Rail Corridor. The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) organized the RFP entitled, ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ in which landscape architects and architects were given the opportunity to assemble a multi-d

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