Ananas, a new planned
community in the Philippines, was a feature story in a recent issue of Landscape Architecture Frontiers
(LAF). The 247 hectare site sets the gold standard for mixed-use
development in this rapidly growing country.
“Our goal was to reinvent new community design in the Philippines,” says Victor Eskinazi, senior associate and urban designer on the plan. “Ananas integrates an ecosystem that actively supports a more sustainable regional food network placed squarely within the urban form.”
The plan accomplishes this through slicing the site with several pollinator paths and parks. Every resident will have access to neighborhood-based agriculture plots, and no resident is farther than a 15-minute walk from the site’s central park. Care was taken to preserve the delicate ecological processes of the site, and stormwater management was also a major factor. Taken in total, the development promotes a healthy lifestyle for residents and is highly responsive to its bio-climatic context.
"We were thrilled to work with a client who was open to bold ideas,” says Sasaki Principal Dennis Pieprz, Honorary ASLA. “They encouraged us to imagine a new kind of development for the Philippines, one that explored innovative ideas about community, natural systems and urban form."
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