Spacious sidewalks and ample recreational amenities are one of the most important elements of modern urban living. Nevertheless, other developers did not give importance to them which has compromised the people’s safety and well-being.
The entry of Aseana City is a welcome development as it has responded to the needs of the people for people-centric facilities.
Recognizing the lack of open spaces and safe pedestrian lanes in the country, D.M. Wenceslao has adopted a holistic approach to developing Aseana City. Located along the picturesque shorelines of Manila Bay, Aseana City is a vibrant mixed-use development that spans an impressive 107.5 hectares. Developed by D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, one of the country’s leading integrated real estate developers and pioneers in land reclamation, Aseana City is dubbed as the “Next Generation City” that offers a diverse range of residential, commercial, and leisure facilities.
“Horizontal pedestrian infrastructure is just as important as vertical real estate. As master developers of Aseana City, we see the last mile of pedestrian mobility as our responsibility. As the famous movie quote goes, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ In line with our commitment to sustainability, we are currently striving to establish the largest network of climate-protected sidewalks in the country,” said Delfin Angelo “Buds” C. Wenceslao, CEO of D.M. Wenceslao Group, emphasizing the company’s longstanding commitment to sustainable development.
Wenceslao speaks highly of Aseana City’s people-friendly features having wider sidewalks which are shielded from inclement weather through a well-designed network of arcades, corridors, alleyways, and canopies. He disclosed the creation of a climate-protected solution for pedestrians was made possible through the collaborative effort between DMWAI and its locators, with Aseana City’s design guidelines mandating the installation and construction of canopies and sky bridges. He noted these structures are seamlessly interconnected, providing the walking public with an unparalleled walkability experience.
With a pedestrian-centric philosophy in place, the vision is that one day one can walk from the LRT 1 Station at Redemptorist-Aseana City, stroll through Aseana City’s numerous landmarks and attractions, and walk all the way to the Manila Bay waterfront without having been exposed to heat or rain. Moreover, the estate is adorned with creative mural installations in various alleyways and buildings, further enhancing the ambiance and charm of the city.
Parqal—Aseana City’s Main Street
Parqal, DMW’s flagship development, highlights the importance of effective accessibility and efficient mobility in Aseana City. With its design underscoring walkability and multiple entrance and exit points, Parqal serves as an excellent example of how urban planning can promote health and wellness and enhance the overall livability of a city.
Parqal, a portmanteau of the words “Park” and “Kalye” (the Filipino word for street), is a sprawling five-hectare mixed-use development that has an impressive gross floor area (GFA) of 70,000 sq m. The entire expanse of the development is enveloped by a “floating canopy” made of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene), a sustainable material that is known for its natural light permeability, lightweight nature, and exceptional durability. The canopy serves as the flagship spine of Aseana City’s sidewalk masterplan, covering about 5,000 sq m of the development’s linear greenway spine. With multiple entrance and exit points, Parqal is designed to be permeable, promoting an active lifestyle for both visitors and residents. Moreover, the development offers an array of leisure activities, with lifestyle and retail shops offering everything from dining, fashion, and wellness to DIY options. Parqal is anticipated to open by Q3 of 2023.
For DMW, the best is yet to come for Aseana City towards creating a more aesthetically compelling and beneficial urban landscape. Wenceslao pointed out it is committed to deliver world-class infrastructure, products, and services and has established it as one of the most competitive central business districts in the metro. Aseana City’s strategic location, connection to key transport linkages such as the NAIA Expressway, LRT Line 1 Extension, and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx), is further enhanced by its focus on public security, open spaces, and walkway systems. These features combine to make Aseana City an irresistibly great and valuable urban destination. Further, Aseana City’ template has become a roadmap to urban planning and development.