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The city of Mandaluyong, located at the core of the Metropolitan Manila region, is tagged as one of the fastest growing cities in the region. This growth elicits a new need for proactive building, specifically creating spaces for urbane activities, welfare enhancement, service administration, and civic participation. Apart from these, the city government would also benefit from a recognizable sense of place -- a place that is the primary reference for the city of Mandaluyong. The site poses a distinct problem of organization. With the rapid urban development taking over the region, there is a need for the government to respond and prepare to meet this growth with its own. The conditions of the site also poses systemic issues not particularly distinct to the city. A common theme among interviews of the city officials is discipline and the lack thereof across different activities; Traffic Management Systems, Green Building Codes, and Public Open Spaces cannot be properly utilized by an uninvolved, uninformed, and un-empowered citizenship. There lies the cusp of what the redevelopment plan is for, to suggest that the vision of a progressive, functional, and efficient city is indeed true, good, and beautiful, that the democratic elements of governance function only when there is will, and that the building be a testament to the government's commitment to all people. It is through the development of a narrative within a designed environment that we can show that discipline and order do go with progress. To achieve a design that is capable of communicating this narrative, there needs to be a concept linking the design agenda to the project rationale. At the very core of the goal of the incumbent City Government is the thrust for community collaboration and unity. And the design can achieve this by invoking an established identity of the city of Mandaluyong : Home. This is used by numerous historic groups to refer to the City. This identity, aside from being well established in the subconscious of the local community, is as much about emotion (feeling) as it is about spatial characteristics (look), Making it an ideal concept to tie the project together. The proposed project is the conceptualization of the redevelopment of the Mandaluyong City Government Center in Maysilo Circle, Barangay Plainview. The project aims to tackle issues of traffic gridlock and the lack of open space and imageability in the area through urban design and architecture interventions. The study presents a narrative of how architecture incorporate key concepts and respond to the context of Mandaluyong City.

As the world transitions to the 21% century, the way architecture is perceived and built evolves as well. Bernard Tschumi, proposed to re-evaluate the definition of programming in Architecture, to consider the emergent concepts of what he referred to as “cross-programming” and “dis-programming”. The theme of UP College of Architecture undergraduate thesis celebrates this movement, by applying Tschumi’s concepts in an agenda based design rather than the conventional typology based programming This thesis study focuses on the Masinag District, in Antipolo, Rizal. Masinag district is bounded by barangays Mayamot and Mambugan, and is intersected by Marcos and Sumulong Highway. Due to its location and direct access to both Antipolo and Metro Manila, the site is known as the gateway to Antipolo. What makes this site a viable one is the fact that the new LRT-2 Masinag station would be located here.
By naming the site’s issues and opportunities, the 4 agendas were formulated; connectivity, community, commerce, and sustainability. These agendas were used to form the different spaces needed by the site. Ultimately, the development was conceived to be a transit oriented development which connects the whole district together and celebrates the image of Masinag as the Gateway to Antipolo.

Fisherman's Village is a undergraduate thesis proposal in response to the contextual needs of Roxas City, Capiz. It is an architectural response to the agenda of strengthening the identity of the city through empowering the local industry and promoting ecological protection. Fisherman's Village is a redevelopment of the Libas Fishing Port that aims to provide integrated port, administration, and community facilities for empowering the local seafood industry and protecting the fisherfolk community.

Taking the thesis brief of this year: designing critical insertion and interventions, the designer sought to study a space that already longs to become PLACE. The Upper east (silangan) gate of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) was identified. Underneath C-5, is about 12 km of historical World War II tunnels, currently closed off and unused. BGC and other tourism related bodies hae expressed plans of creating a Bonifacio War Tunnel Museum that would showcase the tunnels and the main entrance, serving as a visual city marker for the upper east gate. The plans however plan to make the tunnel exclusive, ignoring that four out of the five tunnel exits are accessible only to East Rembo, a residential community categorized in Makati comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) as urban decay. Makati on the other hand has programs like Special Precincts for Urban Renewal (SPUR) and Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Enclaves (DRIVE) that aim to develop East Rembo, to further integrate with the rest of the city. Assigned residential-commercial area in front of upper-east gate lot was considered. The project simply acknowledges that redesigning the tunnels for all of its users would be a wiser investment, and that the design paradigm of uncoordinated government effort must be addressed. This was accomplished by creating a (1) public underground, mixed use tunnel development (2) an iconic BGC entrance as both pedestrian access and main entrance and a (3) mixed-use condominium opposite the main entrance that includes the East Rembo SPUR site with the Tunnel's vision.

This thesis study focuses on San Pedro City, Laguna as the chosen neighborhood to be analyzed and designed with an architectural intervention that will help promote the identified agenda for the city. San Pedro is now becoming a bustling city which is known to be the Gateway to Manila. Having around 300,000 residents, most of which working in Metro Manila according to the Comprehensive Land Use Program of San Pedro City, authored by Palafox Associates, the city became a very viable source of income for transport companies. Scattered around the cities are these transport companies. They are making their presence known because of the traffic generated by the additional volume and congestion on certain points of the city where these transport companies are abutting the roads. The situation is worsened by the existing transport system of the city - only having informal stops and stations for most modes of transport. In line with this transport agenda, this thesis study aims to improve the transport system of San Pedro City through an architectural intervention that can promote an organized transport system, with a design that is currently studied in other countries, that can significantly help in making a faster circulation and transfer of modes, faster boarding and alighting times, and with pedestrianized and better wayfinding. In general, the design process is by revitalizing and integrating the different modes of transport terminals of around the chosen site in San Pedro City, Laguna.