Villanueva of Architecture presents her research on role of public, private spaces during pandemic

Asst. Prof. Ar. Cecilia May S. Villanueva of the College of Architecture and Research Center for Culture Arts and Humanities (RCCAH) highlighted the ecosystem service benefits derived from Barangay 530 in Manila as part of the implementation of the Bahay Kubo Paradigm: Wellbeing in future urban landscapes proposal. The study was under the 5th Edition of the International Conference on Future Smart Cities (FSC) grant from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The event was organized by International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (IEREK) in collaboration with Xiamen University Malaysia (#XMUM) and was held from November 18-19, 2022. The event was held via Zoom.

Villanueva discussed how the pandemic transformed private and public space utilization into more functional, flexible, and green spaces in Manila. Urban agriculture has become a sustainable endeavor towards food security and allowed diverse resources to be well documented within neighborhoods in collaboration with the efforts of the NCCA Luntiang Pook grant and Barangay 530 of the City of Manila as proponent. 

The study featured the collaboration of landscape architects for technical expertise, as well as urban designers, foresters, GIS mappers, agriculturists, advocates, and nutritionists. The study proposes the participation of different sectors and stakeholders in the City of Manila. Results show that there is a need to empower the logistical capability of barangays to fully engage communities in a smart link for Manila’s future landscape.

IEREK is an international institution that is concerned with the exchange of knowledge and enhancing research through organizing and managing conferences in various fields of study.

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