[Blueboard] “Metro Manila: Designers, Planners, or Directors ?”

Dept. of Socio-Anthro socio at pusit.admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 11 12:26:21 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 
> invites everyone to the launch of the 
> Prof. Dr. Otto van den Muijzenberg
> “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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