AWW has been shortlisted in the final stages of an international competition to design the new sustainable Clark Green City in the Philippines. One of just 5 Architectural practices invited to present their Masterplanning vision, and the only European office represented, the AWW team will be flying out to Manila this weekend for final selection meetings with the Client body. The project is a 9,450-hectare master development plan located around the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, a province that is only about 80 kilometres away from Metro Manila. The Clark Green City will see five districts rise in three phases over the next five decades.
The proposed city is the brainchild of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), a state-run company mandated to transform or facilitate the sale of idle military camps and to re-purpose former US military bases into productive areas, such as industrial zones. Green City will comprise seven parts open space to three parts development. The ambitious project will develop a city that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly and incorporate sustainable mass transit options. The city aims to attract manufacturers and technology firms that will provide high-quality jobs and a wide range of affordable housing aimed at preventing social divisions.
AWW Director Richard Francis commented: “In this year of Bristol achieving European Green Capitol status, we are very excited to have been shortlisted for this visionary sustainable city project in the Philippines. It builds on design work we have been producing in the UK, in India and in Africa, but is we believe the largest and most exciting project of its kind globally. Beating the best of International Architectural practice to a place in the shortlist of five is a major achievement and I am very proud of the AWW team’s submission”