HomeTIP Research Journal Quezon Cityvol. 4 no. 1 (2007)

Urban Renewal of Intramuros through Pedestrianisation and its Evaluation: Enhancing the "Buhayin and Maynila" Project

Leodegario V. Manuel Jr.

Discipline: Tourism, Architecture



The combination of historical elements and new features create a new space, where people choose to do business. A wide range of businesses, from office and retail to food and tourism, will prosper in the midst of a network of open spaces and parks that provide an environment that addresses and caters to the needs of the people who work and use the area.


To pedestrianise the district of Intramuros may make optimum use of space and location, thus maximizing river views and natural light. Striking a balance between old and new architecture, this development features newly-designed older buildings that may blend with modern, character buildings.


Walkable urban communities set the tone for the elements of urban design on human scale for sustainability of resource capital (natural, human and manufactured). It may lead to more social interactions, environmental advantages, economic gain, cultural regeneration, political stability and visual surveillance, that could lead to eradication of petty crimes and other social problems. Walkable communities are more liveable communities and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in these communities.