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(22-23) A-LIVE: Accelerated Large Infrastructure Viability Experiments

Tutor: Bruno Peeters
2022-23, sem 1
Urban Cultures

A-LIVE (Accelerated Large Infrastructure Viability Experiments)

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Manila North-South Commuter Railway Extension Transit Oriented Development

Currently under construction, the 147km long elevated Manila North-South Commuter Railway Extension, (NSCR-EX) Project will enable mass transit services in the Manila National Capital Region (NCR)—all the way from Clark International Airport in the North to Calamba in the South.


Counting 36 stations, the NSCR-EX line is integrated with the NCR public transit system and passengers may transfer between multiple urban rail transit services, including LRT Line 1, 2, 3 and 7 and PNR Metro Line and future Makati-Intra Subway and MRT Lines 4 & 8. Locally, passengers will connect through various transport modes including buses, (shared) taxis, `Jeepneys`, shared cars, motorcycles, tricycles, bicycles and on foot.

The A-LIVE design studio will explore eleven selected NSCR-EX stations` potentials for a `Transit Oriented Development` (TOD), creating compact walkable mixed-use local communities seamlessly connected to the wider NCR. Selected TOD sites feature a wide variety of property structures and each station site represents distinct urban characteristics ranging from CBD, medium density to peripheral sprawl.

Selected stations:

  1. Nichols – (Senate) Master level 2 only
  2. Buendia
  3. Santa Rosa
  4. Angeles
  5. San Fernando
  6. Apalit
  7. Calumpit
  8. Cabuyao
  9. Blumentritt
  10. Bicutan
  11. Muntinlupa

Students will explore TOD potentials using two distinct `tracks`. A `Less is More` approach will investigate successful European inner-city TOD developments, urban morphology, and squares` applicability to local Manila contexts. From a different angle, a `Mess is More` approach will dig into Tokyo`s most vibrant TOD examples weaving and snaking TODs into existing urban fabric.

Design output will focus on integrated architectural and urban design solutions, critical aspects of transport planning, city revitalization, inclusion, real-estate development and (sub)urban.


  • Oriental Consult Global (OCG) & Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Available materials*: Subway station (digital) plans, station areas` GIS, various digital datasets, Master & District Plans, Traffic Study, Socio-economic & Real Estate study and various technical
  • Site visit optional and at students` own expense

(*) Faculty and individual (per student) OCG Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) Required.