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Felino Palafox
Principal, Palafox Associates, Phillipines
“Best and Worst Practices in Urbanization in the Phillipines”

Ideal urbanization is hard to qualify because of its instantaneous and site-specific character, but its identifiable patterns can be studied. It is not the case that if an urban planning strategy works in one place that it will work in another. This presentation explores this and some of the following, with particular reference to work in the Phillipines: Social and structural imbalance; the Poly-centered city-; Density; Egalitarian program; Transit-oriented Development. The Daniel Burnham Metro Manila Plan and the present day Metro Manila Philippines setting shall be studied in detail to identify trends from observable development patterns, best practices in the field and lessons learned from mistakes made.



Felino A. Palafox, Jr. is the Country Leader (Philippines) of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He is an architect, environmental planner, urban planner, development consultant - educated at the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Harvard. He is also registered as an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect and a recipient of several national and international awards.

Architect Palafox has been a speaker in the USA, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Moreover, he is an active officer of various organizations like Environment Committee Chair - American Chamber of Commerce and an international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers;

He founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines, in 1989 after working as Architect/Urban Planner in Dubai-United Arab Emirates and on World Bank/UNDP- and Asian Development Bank- funded projects.

For the past 20 years, the firm has been involved in the planning of more than 11 billion square meters of land area and the design and architecture of more than seven million square meters of building floor area and in undertaking high-profile large-scale projects in 33 countries.

Palafox Associates is also the first and only architectural, urban planning, interior design, and landscape architectural firm to have been certified by TUV of Germany for integrated ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications in the Philippines. Furthermore, BCI Asia has awarded Palafox Associates as BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for six consecutive years, 2004 to 2009.

His firm, for the past ten years, has been the only Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture. In 2006, Palafox Associates ranked No. 94 in the Top 200 of World Architecture, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list.

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