The Newton-University of Santo Tomas (UST) research team held the Discourses on urban eco-social values international research symposium on 17 January 2020 at Technopark Hotel, Santa Rosa City, Laguna. We conducted the activity in partnership with the Unviersity of Santo Tomas (UST) and the University of Reading.
The Dean of School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, Prof Hisham Elkadi, shared his expertise on neo ekistics (applying ecological principles to urban resilience) for smart urban places. He discussed how the reality of climate change is one of the causes of the shift in city agenda. ‘We have to revive a place with our core identity,’ said Prof Elkadi. ‘We need to look deeper in our own experience, within our roots in order to do that.’ He also explained the role of the latest UK industrial strategy to align planning for infrastructure with future cities and the capacity to deal with ecological adversities.
Filipino architects led sessions on cultural preservation and revival of local and international landmarks, assessment of community spaces, and creation of places to nurture happy and grounded communities. Inclusive health care system and the importance of community participation in Santa Rosa City were also discussed.
Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, who was present during the talk, reiterated the city’s support for the Newton Fund programme.