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Uber website shows traffic data around the world

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Launching Movement Uber says the website is designed to help urban planners make more informed decisions

BIG DATA. The ride-sharing giant is opening up its data trove. Screengrab from YouTube/Uber

Carmaggedon redux: Will building more roads solve our traffic problems?

Nov 19, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Many people have proposed various solutions to our traffic problems Will building more roads necessarily relieve traffic congestion and increase travel time in the long run?

Environmental planning topnotcher: Use more lands for education

Jun 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Kim Robert De Leon who topped the Environmental Planning Licensure Exam shares his vision for urban planning as well as youth development

TOPNOTCHER. Kim Robert De Leon is passionate about making sure that land is being utilized for education. Photo by Dwight De Leon

Cagayan de Oro mayoral bets: Where they stand on issues

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno former city mayor Vicente Emano and lawmaker Rufus Rodriguez trade barbs over how they would run the city if they win the elections

FRIENDLY. Cagayan de Oro Mayor bet Vicente Emano (left) of PaDayon Pilipino Party, City mayor Oscar Moreno of Liberal Party and city 2nd district representative Rufus Rodriguez held hands after the third and final debate in Lim Ket Kai Mall on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Want jobs? ‘People should protect tourism’ – Gordon

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:36 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate Sherwin Gatchalian says Metro Manila is failure in urban planning characterized by congestion and urban decay

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Finland city holds city planning contest using video game

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Interested players should download and use a specially designed map for the video game Cities: Skylines

CITY PLANNING. Would you help a Finnish town in its city planning by playing a game? Image from http://www.hameenlinna.fi/

Are sustainable cities the answer to climate resilient future?

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Over the years there has been a growing movement for cities to do their share in carbon reduction and adaptation to climate change

SUSTAINABLE CITY. The city of Ghent in Belgium does not only pride itself as a tourist place in Belgium but are also implementing climate adaptation projects. Photo by Jed Alegado

Create healthy cities, decolonize urban planning

Oct 05, 2015 - 5:17 PM

I think Manila is making the same mistakes the US did 100 years ago when it planned for cars and profits for a few instead of people

To solve Metro Manila traffic: Move more people, not cars

Oct 02, 2015 - 5:30 PM

To start a serious campaign to solve traffic urban planner Benjamin dela Peña says citizens should keep putting pressure on government to act on the problem

ORDINARY DAY. Traffic jams like this on EDSA have become part of the daily commute for Metro Manila residents. Rappler file photo

How do you solve Metro Manila traffic? You don't

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:27 PM

A Filipino overseas who specializes in urban planning says no amount of urban revitalization or urban renewal can remedy the unsustainable and cancerous growth of our leading primate city

Rappler Talk: Solving Metro Manila's transportation woes

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:25 PM

What does it take to ease traffic in Metro Manila?

Wawancara Ridwan Kamil soal #205BDG dan mimpi Bandung juara

Sep 26, 2015 - 3:08 PM

Insyaallah dengan kekompakan dan kolaborasi mimpi kita Bandung juara kota terbaik se Indonesia bisa kita capai bersama sama Bantu saya untuk membantu Anda terima kasih ”

Walikota Bandung Ridwan Kamil memperlihatkan cincin batu akiknya kepada wartawan. Foto dari Twitter

Want better public transit in Metro Manila? Organize!

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Sick and tired of feeling like a second class citizen every time you ride the bus or train? Time to unite fellow straphangers

CROWDED. Getting on the MRT is a test of endurance. Photo from Dinna Dayao

#SG50: What Manila can learn from Singapore, the Garden City

Aug 07, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Singapore the model city state of Southeast Asia serves as a benchmark of progress for its third world neighbors

#SG50: How planning made Singapore a Garden City

Aug 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Planning parks and open spaces and constant reinvention made Singapore Asia s most livable city offering many lessons for urban centers around the world

HORTICULTURAL DESTINATION. Singapore's Gardens By the Bay features tree-shaped, solar-powered vertical gardens called "supertrees." They form part of a nightly show of choreographed lights and sounds. The Gardens are a masterpiece of urban planning and sustainability. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:18 PM

With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic Mass Zumba workouts or weddings malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities experts say

A Filipino shopper walks into a foreign brand clothes shop at a Manila shopping mall on November 5, 2008. Consumers remain upbeat in the Philippines, splurging on clothes, holidays and gadgetry despite the financial crisis rocking the world, a Nielsen Co. survey announced November 6, 2008. The Philippines was one of only seven out of 51 countries which did not experience a drop in consumer confidence this year according to an on-line survey of 500 middle-class people conducted by Nielsen from September 22 to October 6. Nielsen credited this to the increased remittances of the eight million Filipinos working overseas, saying this cushioned the country from the effects of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

[Dash of SAS] Learned helplessness and coping with the MRT

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:10 PM

We can continue challenging our legislators to take public transportation every day until they show some empathy and listen until they stop ignoring the problem and address it

Rush to progress? Baguio allows taller buildings after 1990 earthquake

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Twenty five years after the devastating earthquake Baguio City wants to double the number of floors allowed for buildings in commercial areas Is this safe?

UNCHECKED GROWTH? The urban sprawl in Baguio reflects the city's role as the buzzing economic center of the Cordilleras, bouncing back from the devastation of the July 16, 1990 killer quake. Photo by Jessa Polonio

What Pope Francis says on designing livable cities

Jun 23, 2015 - 8:30 PM

In his environmental encyclical the Argentine pontiff also talks about traffic housing and putting quality of life first when designing urban centers

Pope Francis (C, back) arrives to lead the Canonization Mass of Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14 January 2015. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

MRT is in trouble, is the bus system ready?

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Would you rather take the bus or the MRT? Why not improve both?

COMMUTE. Would you rather take the bus or the MRT? Why not improve both? MRT photo by Jose Del/Rappler, Bus photo by Joseph Albano/Rappler

Quake vulnerability a shaky issue for APEC

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Will the Philippines be able to recover its capital back if a major earthquake wrecks it? The chair of APEC s Senior Officials’ Meeting asks

URBAN SPRAWL. High-rise buildings and shanties in Pasay City, December 27, 2014. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Remember the Love Bus? Might be time to have it back

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Such a state owned bus system is missing in today’s metropolis

Design the ideal PH transit route with Transitmix

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Transitmix is a web based sketching tool that can help you draw routes more efficiently

TRANSITMIX. Map Manila's routes and pricing like an urban planner. Screen shot from Transitmix app.

Wanted: More liveable PH cities

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:40 AM

The more prosperous cities there are the more distributed the wealth and opportunities around the country

Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo win award for sustainable city planning

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:58 PM

All 15 city entries featured wide sidewalks renewable energy disaster resilient designs and green architecture

#AnimatED: Our collective guilt over Metro Manila traffic

Oct 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM

We have not moved this infrastructure problem beyond our dining table conversations or daily litanies from our cars to collectively address the problem

What Quezon City could have looked like

Oct 12, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Here are some features of the 1941 and 1949 master plans for the city and what has happened to these plans since

The 1949 Master Plan for Quezon City side-by-side what QC looks like in 2014. Images from 'Master Plan for the New Capital City' and Google Maps

#AnimatED: Babaha at babaha na lang

Sep 22, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Gumawa tayo ng pamahalaang pang rehiyon para sa Metro Manila Bukas makalawa haharapin na rin ng mga siyudad sa ibang bahagi ng Filipinas ang ganitong problema

MMDA giving out fire trees in the wake of #GlendaPH

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The agency has 1 000 fire trees to replace trees uprooted by the typhoon Metro Manila residents can email to get those trees

IN FULL FLAME. Fire trees, locally called 'caballero,' bring out their red and orange flowers in summer. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Green groups to DPWH: Good road design includes trees

Jul 03, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The effects of a 2012 memo issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr giving the DPWH blanket approval to cut trees in 8 regions are being felt

1 more week of free Pasig ferry rides

May 02, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The MMDA says over 5 000 commuters have been using the revived Pasig River ferry service

'BUS FERRY.' Two of the 5 boats being used to operate the Pasig River ferry system. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Why I advocate road sharing

Mar 14, 2014 - 8:14 PM

The vision of a walkable commutable Metro Manila becomes even more attractive than owning a car

TOGETHER. Private car owners and commuters join together for the Share the Roads movement. Photo by Gen Cruz

Petition filed to give half of PH roads to commuters

Feb 17, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Citizens walk to the Supreme Court to demand that half the roads be devoted to the majority of Filipinos who don t own cars

CAR-CENTRIC. Petitioners walk through Taft Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Manila, to reach the Supreme Court. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Gripes over Tokyo stadium overshadow 2020 Olympic euphoria

Nov 03, 2013 - 1:08 PM

The eye catching architectural centerpiece – a futuristic bike helmet shaped stadium – is too big say detractors

CONTROVERSIAL. An artist's rendition of the proposed Japan National Stadium, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Image courtesy Japan Sport Council

How do you solve the metro's flood problem?

Sep 11, 2013 - 8:30 AM

A multi billion peso flood management master plan for Metro Manila and surrounding areas provides a glimmer of hope

A dirty job in Mexico City: sewer diver

Sep 09, 2013 - 3:46 PM

Someone has to do this work Mexico City s lone sewer diver said The smell is unpleasant but it s like everything you get used to it

DIVING INTO SEWAGE. Mexican diver Julio Cesar Cu, fully equipped with a KMB hard helmet and a dry suit, prepares to be lowered into the sewage to begin the process of clearing the floodgates of garbage on August 21, 2013, at one of the pumping plants of Mexico City's sewage system. AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt

The rains of Maring: Lessons learned

Aug 22, 2013 - 9:00 AM

To work preparedness must be a public private endeavor Unfortunately the business and commercial sectors went their merry way

JV: Sue barangay execs with squatter ‘colonies’

Jul 31, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Sen JV Ejercito says don t always blame the governors or mayors – barangay officials are usually the ones coddling squatters as a source of votes

'CODDLING SQUATTERS.' Sen JV Ejercito says the national government should hold accountable barangay officials who are "coddling squatters," and allow them to return after relocation. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Europe's urban rivers spring back to life after neglect

Jul 30, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Keen to boost their image environmental credentials and their economy authorities in many cities are giving rivers pride of place again after years of neglect

BEACH BY THE SEINE. People enjoy the Seine River banks on July 21, 2013 during the 12th edition of Paris-Plages. AFP/Pierre Andrieu

FAST FACTS: The scouts behind Quezon City's street names

Jul 28, 2013 - 7:51 AM

Fifty years ago their dreams were dashed in a plane crash Now they continue to be immortalized in the streets of Quezon City

Almost 6,000 people missing in India floods presumed dead

Jul 15, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Almost 6 000 people listed as missing after flash floods and landslides struck northern India in June are now presumed dead officials said Monday

PRESUMED DEAD.  A photograph made available on 25 June 2013 showing a general view of the Kedarnath Veally in Uttrakhand after the flash flood on 22 June 2013. EPA/STR

India bans building along rivers in flood-hit north

Jul 02, 2013 - 11:58 AM

Construction along river banks will be banned in a devastated north Indian state amid concerns unchecked development fueled last month s flash floods and landslides that killed thousands

DISASTER ZONE. A photograph made available on 25 June 2013 showing a general view of the Kedarnath Veally in Uttrakhand after the flash flood on 22 June 2013. EPA/STR

‘Strip the City’ reveals urban secrets

Jun 28, 2013 - 8:11 PM

An excellent Discovery Channel series shows how cities with superb infrastructural planning work

DON’T BE ALARMED, MATE. The Sydney Opera House is peeled, 'Strip the City' style, for a truly closer look. All images courtesy of Discovery Channel

Carlos Celdran appointed Manila tourism consultant

Jun 22, 2013 - 11:04 AM

As Manila tourism consultant Celdran spots key areas that need improvement — namely safety security and cleanliness

THE MAN FOR MANILA. Carlos Celdran is all set to improve tourism in Manila. Photo from Carlos Celdran Facebook page

Bold action, big money needed to curb Asia floods

May 19, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Asia s flood prone megacities should fund major drainage water recycling and waste reduction projects to stem deluges and secure clean supply

PREDAWN FLASH FLOODS. Residents walk through a flooded street in Manila on September 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Cheat sheet: Manila Bay reclamation

Mar 09, 2013 - 8:59 AM

What s the Manila Bay reclamation issue all about and why should you care?

HUMAN CHAIN. Over 3,000 people formed a human chain last February 12 to oppose the Manila Bay reclamation by Manila Gold Coast Corporation. All photos by Pia Ranada

MMDA on the hunt for 'lost esteros'

Sep 26, 2012 - 7:00 AM

The Metro Manila Development Authority is searching for lost esteros that are unable to dislodge floodwaters because they have been buried under construction

Estero de Paco today. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Inclusive Mobility Challenge: which project do you like best?

Sep 05, 2012 - 8:10 PM

The InclusiveMobility team has selected a short list from the entries submitted to the Challenge Now is your chance to vote for your favorite project from the 15 finalists

'Metro Manila Greenprint 2030'

Mar 06, 2012 - 7:15 PM

Greenprint 2030 will be a 20 year plan aiming to make the Philippines main metropolis at par with East Asian counterparts

EDSA. View of vehicular traffic along the northbound lane of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, near Orense Street, Makati, March 6, 2012. Photo by Michael Josh Villanueva.