Last May 10-11, selected Naga City stakeholders convened for a two-day workshop which aims to solicit inputs for the formulation of Naga City’s 30-year Sustainable Urban Development Plan.
About 30 participants representing the different offices within the local government, academe, and youth joined the workshop which employed “Design Thinking.” The activity was supported by the GIZ Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus in cooperation with ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat. Two experts from denkmodell, a consulting firm based in Berlin, Germany specializing in Design Thinking facilitated the workshop.
“The first two phases (explore and understand) serve to understand the topic in-depth – its challenges, its context, its users etc. However, the last three phases (ideate, prototype and test) serve to create ideas and find solutions for the challenges or questions, which were identified,” Mr. Jung elaborated.
Workshop participants were asked to develop “prototypes” of potential urban planning solutions catering to perceived needs of different members of the community including a child, an out-of-school youth, low income households, and middle-class professional. Proposed solutions included establishment of a model village integrating housing, education, and livelihood; resilient and secure housing systems; integrated transport systems; and child-friendly spaces.
During the program’s closing, Naga City Vice-Mayor Nelson Legacion explained that the workshop is just the beginning of a more rigorous process to ensure that the City’s urban planning for the next 30 years will be sustainable and responsive to the needs of Nagueños.
A copy of the workshop’s full report can be accessed here.