A good urban plan must be inclusive, says architect

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Posted at Jul 14 2019 04:48 PM

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MANILA - A good urban plan should be inclusive, an architect said Sunday.

William Ti Jr, principal architect of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, said the country's capital needs to build vertical housing to make way for more open space and to minimize transportation.

"Housing is something that is pretty much lacking in this country, more so in Manila because it is so dense and overcrowded and overdeveloped. But the reality is it’s underdeveloped because there’s not enough built space," Ti told ANC's Dateline Philippines.

"There’s so many people, there’s no open space because there’s not built space for them to be in...We have to maximize what we build and start building more vertical housing that way we open up much more public space. By densifying at least the center, then we minimize transportation or commuting."

Ti, meanwhile, lauded Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's efforts to clean up the city, which he said was a good first step.

"I think it’s pretty admirable and it’s revitalizing for the city because it gives so much more energy into what we’re trying to do for the city," he said.

"I think this is step one and it has to lead to more things. We need to look at the next steps and see what are achievable in the time frame that we have."

--ANC Dateline Philippines, July 14, 2019