Co-creating with Government, August 5

Jul 29, 2020
As published by BluPrint here.

LIXIL Design DeepDive™ Live Sessions Philippines, a three-part webinar series on “Build a Better Normal”, continues on Aug 5 with the sub-theme, “Co-creating with Government: Opportunities for Positive Change.


Session 2 headlines Sylvester Wong, Vice President for Development and Strategies of AECOM; Sanjay Grover, PPP Specialist of the Asian Development Bank Office of Public-Private Partnerships; and Royal Pineda, President and CEO of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture and Design. Their focus is on policy, development, and design professionals working together to help weakened demographics recover, and hopefully, withstand future crises.


L to R: Sylvester Wong, Vice President for Development and Strategies of AECOM; Sanjay Grover PPP Specialist of the Asian Development Bank Office of Public-Private Partnerships; and Royal Pineda, President and CEO of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture and Design

L to R: Sylvester Wong, Vice President for Development and Strategies of AECOM; Sanjay Grover PPP Specialist of the Asian Development Bank Office of Public-Private Partnerships; and Royal Pineda, President and CEO of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture and Design


In preparing for the webinar, Wong shared with webinar moderator (former BluPrint editor) Judith Torres how AECOM is even busier than before COVID-19, helping some clients reimagine their businesses in response to the pandemic. He acknowledges that clients, particularly government agencies, may have difficulty adjusting and adopting changes but it can be done when planners, architects, and designers understand their clients’ businesses, motivations, and agenda; and empathize more profoundly with the users. “Urbanization is a team sport: our resilience as cities will come from harnessing data, planning for agility, empowering entrepreneurs, and the courage to embrace the unpredictable.”


An aerial view of New Clark City at night. Photographed on October 12, 2019.

An aerial view of New Clark City at night. Photographed on October 12, 2019.


Pineda, who designed the first phase of New Clark City, shares that government projects such as this should be “disaster-resilient and flexible.” With selected facilities in New Clark City repurposed as quarantine and isolation centers, Pineda underscores the value of using government projects as a response to the needs of the present. “It is logical to use built government facilities that were designed to address emergencies.”


The session’s reactors include Leandro Poco, Partner, Architect, and Urban Planner at L. Poco Architects Associates; and Benjamin Mendoza, Partner and Principal Architect at BAAD Design Studio.

The session’s reactors include Leandro Poco, Partner, Architect, and Urban Planner at L. Poco Architects Associates; and Benjamin Mendoza, Partner and Principal Architect at BAAD Design Studio.


Poco says that the big questions that urban development must address are “Who benefits the most from the development? Who does it set aside? Does it genuinely serve the common good?” According to Poco, most of the world’s most livable cities were not always people-friendly but became more inclusive and livable because they adapted to address those questions over time. “This gives us hope because we can do the same for Metro Manila and our other cities. But we need to answer those questions first.”


The session will go live from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM (UTC+8) on the GROHE Facebook page.


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The first session went live on the American Standard Philippines Facebook page on July 22. Click here if you missed our first webinar session!


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