Second International Training Program (2ITP-2019)
Venue: City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) Conference Room, 4th Floor, Civic Center D, City Hall Compound, Quezon City, Philippines
Quezon City Experience (QCX) Theater, Quezon City Circle
Philippine School of Business Administration, President’s Office, 826, R. Papa Street, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Theme: Architectural Design in Risk-Sensitive (Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation) Urban Planning
Dates: 20th – 22nd June, 2019
With a city population of almost 3 million and the biggest land area of 166.2 square kilometers, Quezon City is the largest city in the Metro Manila and the Philippines. It has an extensive area of government-owned land right in its central zone, which provided substantial active economy in the development of public infrastructures as well as more liberal assignments in parks and recreation sites. Its desirable geologic characteristics provided a satisfactory foundation for buildings and structures, and at the same time, allowed the construction of underground structures.
However, Quezon City is also exposed to natural and human-induced hazards and their possible impacts. Particularly, this includes earthquakes and floods as well as sociological hazards (crime, civil disorder, terrorism, intentional release of hazardous materials) and technological hazards (fire, traffic or transportation accidents, and industrial accidents) (QCG, 2014).
In this regard, Quezon City developed two distinct plans: The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of 2014 to 2020 and The Quezon City Local Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2027. With these plans, the proper implementation, and the availability of resources, Quezon City has stood always as the exemplary city when it comes to resiliency. In fact, Quezon City was hailed as Gawad KALASAG Hall of Famer after winning the prestigious title for three years.
This workshop, the Second International Training Program (2ITP-2019) aims to disseminate the good practices of Quezon City that makes it the model city, especially when implementing the above plans towards Architectural Design in Risk-Sensitive (Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation) Urban Planning. Further, the knowledge dissemination regarding the process of developing and integrating these local plans is also another objective of this workshop. The workshop also rationalizes on the basis of comparing any other countries, in this workshop’s case, Pakistan, for similar kind of planning. In addition, it is also in order to reveal the role of landscape architecture within the multi-disciplinary setting of disaster management using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to mainstream the interplay between potential Quezon City multi-hazards impacts to its urban features. The green building code is also part of a discussion in providing information regarding how to follow the green construction code, specifically in building: urban facilities, open spaces, tourist or recreation nodes, street patterns, housing, and other civil structures.
In addition, this workshop is an attempt to highlight the importance of risk-sensitive architecture design for Quezon City and other hazard-prone cities.