Building Smart and Green Cities and Towns in a Post-Pandemic World

This course is designed for individuals from the local government who are interested in creating sustainable and livable communities through an interdisciplinary approach. Anchored on the urban development issues that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the course will discuss both theory and practice with emphasis on real-life cases and problems that towns and cities face in the period after the pandemic. This will touch on policy, innovation, governance, design, politics, public finance and implementation challenges.

The course ended last December 2, 2020

Course Overview

The profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the metropolitan areas all around the world, has opened the discussion of rethinking urban planning. In a densely populated area like Metro Manila, for instance, the urban planning and development issues such as public transport and mobility have been glaring when the national government implemented the lockdown. As we transition to the ‘new normal’ and carry the lessons from this pandemic, it is imperative for our leaders and societies to build better, safer, and more resilient communities.

The Course on Building Smart and Green Cities and Towns in a Post-Pandemic World will discuss both theory and practice with emphasis on real-life cases and problems that towns and cities face in the period after the pandemic. The facilitator will draw from his own academic and professional background as almost 30 years of experience in this field and other experiences of different experts.

Designed for local government officials and individuals involved in the LGU’s urban planning and development (i.e., city / municipal planners, engineers), this course is composed of ten (10) synchronous learning sessions tackling various areas of urban planning and sustainable development in the local, post-pandemic context. At the end of the three-month course, the participants are expected to design a new or improve on the current conceptual master plans of their localities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain knowledge on smart and green town and city-planning that are relevant to their contexts as government leaders, practitioners, and advocates.
  2. Incorporate the values of ethical and effective leadership in city and town development.
  3. Learn the basic framework in crafting masterplans using real-life cases as models for learning.
  4. Propose solutions on challenges and problems in the execution of masterplans.
  5. Create a conceptual masterplan as the final output for the course.

Target Participants

  • Elected local government leaders, planning and development practitioners in the local government and private sectors.

Qualifications

  • Must be directly engaged in urban planning and development in the local government.

Course Facilitator

Country Representative
AECOM Philippines
Atty. Arnel Casanova is an expert in public-private partnerships, property development, urban planning, public infrastructure and utilities, finance, governance, social entrepreneurship, security, peace negotiations and mediation, and international relations.
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