[Blueboard] DSA Visiting Scholars Lecture Series: "Metro Manila: Designers, Planners, or Directors?"

Dhea esantos at ateneo.edu
Wed Feb 9 10:38:12 PHT 2005


Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA)
Ateneo de Manila University

in cooperation with the 

Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) and the 
Ateneo de Manila University Press
invites everyone to the launch of the 
DSA visiting scholars lecture series
Prof. Otto van den Muijzenberg

will talk on
"Metro Manila: Designers, Planners, or Directors?"
16 February 2005, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Social Science Faculty Lounge, 2nd Floor, Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 
Looking at Metro Manila's development in a long-term perspective, one is struck by the plethora of plans and papers prescribing the physical as well as social development of its urban space and population. At the same time, the deviation from such, mostly lofty, ideals is remarkable. This paper examines the transition from the relatively unified state/church activity in designing and organizing the colonial fortified city of Manila, to the show of 'civilization' to the 'natives' at the beginning of the twentieth century, when 'scientific city planning and design' was introduced by the American colonial state. After independence, the erstwhile 'authentic' Filipino city planning of Quezon City as the new capital lost much of its original impetus in the unfortunate aftermath of the war. More than a decade of authoritarian state "direction" in the 1970s and early 1980s later yielded a 'total design-cum-total direction' experiment for Metro Manila under Imelda Marcos. This last effort to promote the hegemony of the state over the market gave way to increasing market hegemony after 1986. The result is fragmentation of urban design coupled with micro-experiments in 'beautiful, wholesome, and sustainable living' for the happy few with buying power.
Prof. Dr. Otto van den Muijzenberg is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Modern History of South and Southeast Asia at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As a fellow of the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research and its Centre for Asian Studies, his fields of interest encompass rural development, urbanization and urban lifestyle, the role of the state in development, and transnational families in a long-term perspective. He was a visiting professor and fellow in Bern, UP Diliman, Singapore, and Hanoi, and codirector of the CSSP/UP-CASA/UvA program of collaboration for research training in the social sciences (1989-1993). His current research focuses on emerging urban classes in Asia as well as on the social consequences of crisis and disaster in Asia.
For more information, please call the DSA at 426-6001, local 5270 or 5271,
or the IPC at 426-6067, local 100 or 122.
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