Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together

Imagine MANILA

The global series Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together  was launched on 30 March 2017, with the inaugural symposium in Manila, Philippines marking the start of a 3-year international collaborative series led by AECOM and Asia Society.

The five cities which Imagine 2060 will explore in its first year – Manila, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong – all have long histories and relationships with their respective waterfronts. Those histories, and their differences, will generate a range of ideas which participants in Imagine 2060: Imagine Manila series will share with each other as well as with the designers, developers and dwellers of other waterfront cities around the world, to enhance the economic potential of their cities, and the lives of their citizens.

The 2017 theme “At the Water’s Edge” celebrates the origins of many great cities and their evolving relationship with water. After the 2017 events, the following two years in the Imagine 2060 series will be dedicated to Earth and Air, and the potential for cities to deploy land and aerial space for their future transformation.

The public discourse at the Manila event brought together local and international leaders in urban design, infrastructure and public policy to connect with a common goal – imagining a long-term vision for Metro Manila with the potential of urban waterfront development a focal point, and addressing issues that might get in the way of realizing the vision. Speakers and commentators shared viewpoints and relevant case studies drawn from other waterfront cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and San Francisco, which Manila could explore in its quest to recreate itself as a truly 21st century waterfront city, and which would reinstate it as the so-called “Pearl of the Orient” – a compliment which was often bestowed on it less than a century ago.

The Manila discussions addressed the challenges of achieving an integrated and inclusive approach, one that would continue the aggressive transformation needed to provide new space for enhanced livability, while conserving historical sites and monuments. They also covered the competitiveness to be gained from waterfront renewals, and explored decision-making and performance management frameworks for smart infrastructure development – frameworks which have proven effective for other major waterfront cities and that could be considered for Manila.

Imagine 2060: Imagine Manila Speakers & Panelists

Jeremy Barns

Director of the National Museum of the Philippines

Jeremy Robert Barns is the 19th director of the National Museum of the Philippines. A former banker and economist, he served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of the President, overseeing the Presidential Museum and Library at Malacanan Palace, before taking up his current appointment in 2010. He also serves as an ex-officio Trustee of the museum as well as ex-officio Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Datuk Zainal Amanshah

CEO, InvestKL

Datuk Zainal Amanshah was appointed Chief Executive Officer of InvestKL in 2011. With more than 22 years of experience in the private sector and 4 years in Government, Datuk Zainal has held senior positions in multinationals, Malaysian companies and start-ups, with experience spanning many industries including banking, insurance, oil & gas, automotive and manufacturing. He currently sits on the Investment Committee under Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry and PEMANDU, the Greater KL Steering Committee and Pemudah-DBKL Steering Committee.

David Pitchford

Principal, The Right Pitch Consultancy and former CEO of UrbanGrowth NSW

David Pitchford is an expert in the successful delivery of Major Urban Transformation Projects and advises Governments and Industry both in Australia and internationally. He was the former Chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW and Chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation, a ‘purpose built’ Statutory Corporation (2013) charged with the Urban Transformation of Metropolitan Sydney.

Stephen Engblom

Global Director, Cities, AECOM, San Francisco

Stephen Engblom, AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Vice President and Architect with AECOM with a global track record of working with public and private sector clients to develop healthy and successful places. As Global Director of AECOM Cities, Stephen and his team are dedicated to forward-thinking urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure.

Carlos Rufino

CEO, The Net Group

Carlos S. Rufino is the Co-founder and Co-developer of The Net Group (TNG) office building portfolio in Bonifacio Global City. He serves on the board of Bonifacio Global City Estate Association, Inc. (BGCEA), Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI), Fort Bonifacio Foundation, Inc., and President of Fr. Al’s Children Foundation, Inc./Sisters of Mary School for Girls and Boys.

Julia Nebrija

Urban Planner, Author and Assistant General Manager for Operations Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

Julia Nebrija is an urban specialist with a degree from the City College of New York and The George Washington University, Washington DC. Currently, Julia is the Assistant General Manager for Operations of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, in charge of the overall direction and control of the activities, plans and programs of the MMDA dealing with transport and traffic management, flood control and sewerage management, solid waste management.


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