Makati Green Urban Design Center (Makati- GUDC)

                                                              

Makati Green Urban Design Center (Makati- GUDC)

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Solution proposed by: 
City Government of Makati in collaboration with the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni and Friends Foundation Inc. (UPSAFFI) and the University of Makati.
In a Nutshell: 
The Makati Green Urban Design Center (Makati-GUDC) serves as a resource base for developing green building measures and serve as an institution for teaching, research, in-service training and consultancy services in the field of green building, urban design, planning and landscape architecture. One of its objectives is to bring the concepts of green building and sustainable urban governance at the grassroots level as it targets barangays, the smallest unit of government in the country. Also, Makati GUDC aims tobe the primary advocate of sustainable urban governance in the Philippines and to lead the creation of the Makati City Green Building Program.
Where and When: 
The pilot activity of Makati-GUDC which is a series of workshops entitled Green Urban Design and Governance was first held in year 2011 at Makati City but planning for the creation of Makati GUDC was done as early as October of 2010.The initial activity was followed by series of workshops in years 2012, & 2014. Another GUDC workshop is set to happen this third quarter of 2016.
Challenges: 
The Makati GUDC was proposed to address challenges on enhancement of urban design and cityscape, rehabilitation of blighted, obsolescent and environmentally sensitive areas and upgrading infrastructure, facilities and services to improve environmental quality in Makati City, Philippines. It was also a way of capacitating political leaders of villages in urban design principles and tools applied in their line of work.
Innovation: 
Makati GUDC utilizes set of tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Auto-CAD by the help of experts on the field to come up with green urban designs and projects which addresses the needs of their respective barangays. Also, scientific data was applied on their designs to consider hazards and disasters. What is unique in this project is the pairing of architecture graduate students with political village leaders in designing concrete project proposals meant to apply governance, green building and risk reduction techniques and principles.
Concept: 
GOVERNANCE AND EXPERIENCING PLACE provides an introduction lecture to urban design and highlights governance as an important issue in Philippine politics and public administration. UNDERSTANDING PLACE AND SUSTAINABILITY helps the officials to understand their built environment and to start formulating their vision of their community, provides an example of how local communities can adapt to urbanization through participatory human settlements planning, development and management and introduces green urban design concepts that can be applied to barangays in an urban setting, emphasizing their benefits to both the environment and the community. DESIGNING A GREEN URBAN PUBLIC SPACE provides lectures that emphasize disaster risk reduction as an important element in urban design. Case studies that demonstrate the practical application of green urban design principles are also discussed, looking at how participants can adopt the principles to their respective areas. A lecture on public-private partnerships encourages the participants to seek and form partnerships that will help facilitate the implementation of their proposed urban design projects.
Description: 
The Makati GUDC series of workshops aim to bring the concepts of green building and sustainable urban governance at the grassroots level as it targets barangays, the smallest unit of government in the country. In partnership with premier architectural schools in the Philippines, the Makati-GUDC provides expert assistance to barangay officials as they develop their green visions for their respective jurisdictions. It is composed of a six-week workshop module which introduces participants to a green urban design process that focuses on specific public spaces in barangays within the City of Makati. The lectures revolve around 4 themes: • Governance And Experiencing Place • District Information And Understanding Place • Designing And Applying A Green Urban Public Space • Managing And Marketing A Green Public Space Each workshop module includes 3 hours of lecture plus assigned research and studio work. Participants and their proposed projects are subject to two reviews – an interim review and a final review after which a final presentation to the City Mayor will be conducted.
Impacts: 
The Makati Green Urban Design Center (Makati-GUDC) now serves as a resource base for developing green building measures, as well as a training ground for potential experts in the field such as graduate students of architecture from the University of the Philippines and MAPUA. It also has trained barangay officials to level up their roles from politicians to planners of their environment The collaboration of barangay and their assigned experts resulted in project proposals that are aligned to the vision of the barangay and address the needs its residents which are aimed at improving existing conditions of natural and built environment (e.g decrease in air pollution, recycling, solid and water waste management, increase in livelihood, etc.) Some of the green projects that have been proposed include:  Greening and retrofitting of barangay halls and facilities to make them disaster ready in Barangays San Isidro, La Paz and San Lorenzo  Urban agriculture for food security in Barangays East Rembo, Pembo and Magallanes  Linear parks along critical areas (i.e. faultlines and along waterways) in Barangay Poblacion, Valenzuela, Tejeros and Bangkal  Pocket parks on open spaces in Barangays Olympia, Rizal, West Rembo, Pinagkaisahan, Urdaneta, Kasilawan, Dasmarinas and Bel-Air