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Urban Planning

A look at another buzz phrase making the vernacular rounds these days

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In last week’s episode (October 13) of The Correspondents, journalist Karen Davila looked into the relation between urban planning and the disastrous flood that claimed more than 300 lives nearly a month ago.  Much like the massive flooding that typhoon Ondoy brought last September 26, the episode opened a lot of people to the reality that something is most definitely wrong. And not just with the environment, as Davila points out. Below is a clip from the said episode:

Here's our attempt to explain what urban planning—another catchphrase making the rounds, just like global warming—is all about.

What is Urban Planning?
In layman’s terms, urban planning is the use of land in an area to achieve maximum efficiency while at the same time taking into account the aspects of social, environmental, and economical situation of an area. Just think Sims or creating a community. It is creating and drawing up plans to make a city look good aesthetically and at the same time function as it should without any damaging repercussions to the environment or the future generations. The plans of course have to be implemented as they should in order for them to work.


WORDS BY: KAT DARUAY
MAP IMAGE FROM GOOGLE EARTH

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