Palafox pushes sustainability advocacy
“Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs,” said renowned Architect and Urban Planner Felino Palafox, Jr. during Enderun Colleges’ online talk series on Jobs of the Future.
Arch. Palafox has always been a proponent of a green environment. One of the best global practices and trends he admires is the car-free movement in Paris last 2020 which initiated more than 1,000 kilometers of cycling infrastructure since the start of the pandemic. He is also impressed with the Bosco Verticale in Milan where 20,000 trees and plants across a pair of towers can transform approximately 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into oxygen each year.
Architecture can help us improve our quality of living and alleviate some of the environmental problems we face. For instance, security by design, which is being practiced in Vienna, is a vital aspect of any project. Palafox shared, “When there are more eyes on the public road, it contributes to better security.”
“Sustainability and urban development guide architecture and planning practice,” Palafox said. Green urbanism seeks to reduce carbon footprint in communities and destinations by making them more walkable and bikeable. Green architecture aims to create buildings that are energy-efficient, sustainable, and have minimal impact on human health and the natural environment.
According to Palafox, a new report on metro density says that the quality of life improves in compact cities. Thus, people who live in compact cities tend to live longer than those in less compact cities. This practice called vertical urbanism refers to the process of developing areas with the goal of increasing walking and improving the quality of life in them. It encourages the sharing of infrastructure and land use planning.
With the abundance of resources and technology that promote green building, it is more probable that these practices will bolster the green building trend.
For their project, Palafox and his team take photos of cities and then formulate their own urban design perspective in the hope that somebody in the future will implement it. “Architecture now is art and science, business, sociology, and even anthropology. It’s interdisciplinary. We architects translate the development goals, design goals into a big environment. It is one of the disciplines of urban planning.”
Event moderator Arch. Stephanie Tan-Branqinho, sees the importance of building a green environment and believes that this topic can become a reality. “Seeing the projects become successful not just as a concept but also as something that can become a reality, is necessary to prepare [our students] for the future to [develop their] critical thinking [abilities] and [contribute] a positive impact to the built environment.”
“Go beyond the idea of creating cities by looking at how our society is interconnected and that everybody has a dignity of life,” Arch. Branquinho added. Social equity and social justice [are] not just for the people who are rich and who can afford. “It’s a responsibility. Your decisions can affect so many people and in the generations to come in terms of creating something that really uplift the human spirit.”
Arch. Felino Palafox is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the College of Architecture and Design at Enderun Colleges. Similarly, Arch. Stephanie Tan-Branquinho is the Program Head for Architecture at Enderun Colleges and the Principal Architect of SpaceFabrik.
To know more about Enderun’s College of Architecture and Design, please visit https://cad.enderuncolleges.com/.
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