The Sustainable City Dialogues 2012, a 5-day learning event featuring two internationally renowned speakers, Architect Senen A. Antonio, an urban design and planning expert based in the United States, and Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone, an urbanist and professor of sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
The event was organized by the Research, Program, and Organizational Development of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board in partnership with the University of San Carlos-College of Architecture and Fine Arts, RAFI and other organizations.
The theme of this UCF event is “Creating Future Cities: Where Do We Begin”. As we all know, Metro Cebu is facing serious social, economic and environmental challenges resulting in declining competitiveness, quality of life, and rapid urbanization.
The goal of this event is to draw together a variety of stakeholders from government officials to planners, architects, engineers, educators, business people, NGO leaders, community members and students to engage in a constructive dialogue and strengthen the capacity of local planners on the possibilities of creating a smart and sustainable Metro Cebu. Topics to be addressed throughout the 5-day event includes: New Urbanism and metropolitan design, livability issues, Smart Growth, city-region planning and governance, and urban sociology.
|Archt. Senen (left); Dr.Simone (right)|
I most especially like Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone's presentation about human behavior and sociology in relation to creating change. Architect Senen A. Antonio's presentation was very interesting as well but it was quite technical, our LGU should hire him that's all I can say! Hehehehe
Here's Dr. Simone's shared story on creating change and creative problem solving (My favorite story!) ...'The Italian Tomato Garden'
------> The story, when viewed in multiple perspectives can be very technical or deep depending on your knowledge and background; it can also be viewed simply or in a complicated manner but you cannot deny that in order to instill a change in our society, you can truly make a difference if you truly will it to be!