The Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative organizes activities focused on identifying local solutions to global urban sustainability problems. PCSI’s guiding principles are to showcase and share solutions that emphasize livability for urban citizens and that ensure today’s and tomorrow’s cities are designed, built, and governed around the needs of all its inhabitants.
For its second annual forum, PCSI will convene a group of more than 100 urban sustainability experts from a variety of sectors for an invitation-only dialogue in Manila. Through site visits, keynotes, panels, and problem-solving workshops, the forum will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange best practices and share lessons learned for creating tomorrow’s livable and resilient cities.
Balancing Rapid Growth and Extreme Weather
Manila and other major urban centers across the Asia-Pacific are developing rapidly but have struggled to implement long-range, people-oriented urban planning strategies. Severe storms and typhoons are a regular and growing threat, especially in the Philippines where the latest storm, Super Typhoon Haiyan, was one of the country’s worst natural disasters. In the face of this challenge, Asia Pacific cities are struggling to develop housing and transit infrastructure that can stand up to extreme weather. Balancing the need for urban resiliency with a focus on enhancing livability remains a fundamental challenge to urban development in Manila and beyond.
To address this challenge, the forum aims to uncover innovative approaches that could be applied locally in the Philippines and could also be scaled globally. By evaluating the Philippines’ experience with rapid urban population growth and extreme weather events, the forum seeks to contribute to an understanding of how to create more sustainable, resilient, and livable cities in an age of increasing climate uncertainty.
Please visit our website to learn more about PCSI, a partnership project of the Urban Land Institute and the Asia Society.