RAFI to Hold Sustainable City Dialogues 2012

The Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is organizing Sustainable City Dialogues 2012, a five-day learning event featuring two internationally renowned speakers, Archt. Senen A. Antonio, an urban design and planning expert based in the United States, and Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone, an urbanist and professor of sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on Feb. 6-10, 2012.

With a theme, “Creating Future Cities:  Where Do We Begin”, the event aims to provide avenues for dialogue among local stakeholders, where experiences are shared; new approaches are discussed; and capacities are strengthened in the area of urban development, planning and design.

It will bring together government officials, planners, architects, engineers, educators, business people, non-government leaders, community members, and students to engage in a constructive dialogue and strengthen the capacity of local planners on the possibilities of creating a smart and sustainable Metro Cebu.

Highlights of the event includes one-day training-seminar on “Sprawl Repair & Smart Growth 101” and “Charrette Methodology & Scenario Planning” on Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at College of Architecture and Fine Arts Theater, University of San Carlos (USC)-Talamban Campus;  roundtables on “Infrastructure Planning” and “New Urbanism” on Feb. 9, 8:30-11 a.m. at CAP Art Center and Pres. Osmeña Memorabilia, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City and on Feb. 10, 9-11:30 a.m., Tandang Sora Hall at Cebu Normal University, respectively; and Understanding Choices Forum “Creating Future Cities:  People and Place-Making” on Feb. 9, 1-5 p.m. at CAP Theater, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.

The Understanding Choices Forum is open to the public.

To cap the week-long event, Architect Senen Antonio will present his observations and initial recommendations to the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) on Feb. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the New Conference Room, Capitol Building.


press release from RAFI


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