Is Fort Bonifacio Global City Sustainable?

A Macro Planning Approach
Author: Aristides N. de Paz Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines


The concept of sustainable architecture has become ambiguous. In a paper by Christopher C. Theis of the School of Architecture for the Louisiana State University, he states that seven papers were submitted to create the parameters of what the term could mean and in this forum only two actually actually defined the term. One of the authors, Vivian Loftness states that “it is a creative process whereby the built environment achieves new levels of ecological balance through new and retrofit construction towards the long term viability and humanization of architecture. (Loftness, 2006) Further, the detachment of energy efficiency design does not necessarily fall into the categories of sustainable architecture. Thomas Fisher suggests that “if we are to achieve more sustainable future, we need to start talking not just about energy-conserving techniques but about need itself and what that means in terms of architecture education and practice.(Fisher, 2006) Looking at the works of Ken Yeang and his conceptual works all over the world, the term biosphere has evolved to how architects should design which supposes an acclimation of architecture towards the environment, that the environment must now become an element in creating architecture in the same manner as color, light, shadow, materials, line and form are. Indeed, although there are several structures that are considered energy efficient, they could very well contribute to environmental hazards such as carbon emissions and urban heat island effect thereby creating a question on how evaluation for sustainability should be prepared. Looking at Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, this paper shall try to dissect the concept of sustainability as applied to this urban center's macro-planning and analyse the whether the term actually applies.
Macro-sustainability, biosphere, environmental hazards, environmental acclimation


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