Palafox Associates opens its doors to architecture and urban planning enthusiasts

In line with the MAYNILA Urban Design Week + Festival, Palafox Associates opened its doors to urban enthusiasts with a public exhibit and learning session in our office last May 14. Principal Architect-Urban Planner Felino Palafox, Jr. and Managing Partner-Urban Planner Karima Palafox shared their development vision plan for the Philippines, in a presentation entitled “Philippines at 500: 2021 and Beyond.”  

The plan addresses the rapid urban growth of Metro Manila by creating counter magnets of development outside the region, among others. It also proposes a paradigm shift in transportation, whereas walking and biking should be the main modes.   Guests were also treated to an exhibit and a walking tour of our planning and design studios. Some of our visitors included MAYNILA Urban Design curator Julia Nebrija, Jezreel Apelar and Mikko Barranda of the Urban Land Institute Philippines, and famous Filipino tour guide, cultural activist, and artist, Carlos Celdran.  

Culminating again last May 16, Karima Palafox joined the festivities in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City to share her views on responsive city planning and design. Aside from talks, the event also included a “food walk” and a participatory live art activity.

The Festival capped off with more learning sessions, exhibits, and performances at the historical Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros, Manila. Maestranza used to be a storehouse dating back to the 1500s – instrumental to the galleon trade between Manila and Acapulco during the Spanish colonial period. Destroyed during World War II, Maestranza has now been restored, funded by the Japanese government and executed by the Intramuros Administration. Palafox Associates took part as an exhibitor last May 17, showcasing various urban renewal projects in Metro Manila.