City spaces: Seeing Sydney

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Thanks, Philippine Daily Inquirer, for publishing another article. This time, it’s about what I learned about city spaces when I went to Sydney in August this year.

I really dream of Philippine cities to have such spaces and elements, and to have citizen champions in revitalizing our streets, parks, and other public spaces. (Drop a comment if you want to collaborate with me on doing this.) We have to value these in cities, because public spaces represent equity of the people.

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Urban Planning and Why It Matters

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Got to publish another article on urban planning yesterday (thanks, Inquirer Property!). I’m glad to have helped in this small way to educate more about the profession. More importantly, planning is something drastically needed in the Philippines, because so many of our cities are suffering consequences of after-the-fact building and infrastructure implementation.

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EnP Board Review Schedule for 2017

I’ve received numerous comments, follows, and queries since my last post. Thanks to everyone for the kind words. It’s been a while since I worked on the blog series (I’m currently doing disaster work), but I hope I’ve been able to respond to everyone via e-mail.

Anyway, I’m sharing the schedule of UP Plano’s EnP Board Coaching Sessions for 2017. Here’s the poster:

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Click on this link for the original post. And click here to register.

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The EnP Board Review Series: Part 7 – Laws governing Environmental Planning

This is a list of laws governing the practice of environmental planning. This list links the law titles to online sources for easy reference.

Any profession is governed by specific laws, and it’s no different in environmental planning. I’ll try to keep this as concise and organized as possible, since you’re going to be reading through a whole lot of legal terms and frameworks.

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Sharing all that Green Talk: A Meet-up of Environmental Bloggers

I recently had the privilege to attend a green bloggers meet-up that was hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. I’ll be sharing overviews of the presentations during the event, and, as always, link the importance to environmental planning.

The Blog Talk was held in celebration of biodiversity and wildlife protection and aimed to engage bloggers to further the campaign for environmental protection. It covered a range of topics: The Philippine commitment to the COP21 or the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade Campaign, and progress updates on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. The event also featured two environmental champions in the Philippines: veteran journalist Howie Severino, who shared tips on how to approach environmental storytelling, and award-winning singer-songwriter and activist Noel Cabangon, who serenaded the group with his music on climate change and disaster recovery.

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The EnP Board Review Series: Part 6A – Urban and Regional Planning History and Principles

This is the sixth part of the EnP board review series. I’m going to provide a timeline and discussion on urban and regional planning history.

This lengthy part 6A post is going to cover the subject on history and principles. As much as this is the most enjoyable part of the review (it is for me, anyway), only a mere portion of this may crop up in the exam.

Tips

  • Cluster the contributions according to their similarities, don’t memorise one by one. It’s what I already did for this post, so you don’t go back and forth on sudden, familiar terms.
  • Repeatedly read through the timeline to appreciate the development of urban planning.
  • Names are important, dates are for reference. Works are for deeper appreciation. Principles matter the most.
  • I’m linking the names of the urbanists to the most concise biographies I can find online. Refer to those for backgrounders, and to this post for their roles in urban and regional planning history.

Let’s start with the Ancients.

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