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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Possible Implementation of Cittaslow to Urban Centres of the World

Weekly market in Greve in Chianti, a founding city of the Cittaslow movement © A Road Retraveled (Flickr)


The industrialisation of urban landscapes have damaged the identities of many towns and cities, while the desire of many residents to move to larger cities or suburbs has caused urban shrinkage in many smaller urban centres (Matta & Caballero, 2016). In a move to counteract such trends, leaders of small and medium sized towns pledged to improve and maintain a high quality of lif

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Challenges of the Casino and Historic City of Macau: Preserving heritage amidst the creation of stage-set townscapes


PICTURE 1 – Ruins of Saint Paul part of the Historic Center of Macau (© Macao Heritage Board)

“Únde ta vai, quirida? Macau di nôsso coraçám” 

(Where are you going, dear? Macau of our heart - Ferreira, 1996: 223)

Part of a poem written in Língu Maquista, the endangered language of the Macanese


In the last 15 years, Macau has become widely known as a casino city with a bustling gaming industry. Since 1999, it became a Special Administrative Region of China, stretching over a territor

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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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