By Erma Edera
The United Architects of the Philippines-Manila Corinthian chapter has proposed designs for a modern Lagusnilad underpass to highlight the heritage and culture of the nation’s capital.
The proposed “Manila Urban Link Underpass” features glass-covered walkways, arches, and intricate grille works and underground shops. It is the underpass located right in front of the Manila City hall.
The proposed underpass seeks to “reflect the direction of the new leadership in the revitalization of a city that deserves a world-class facility for a humble but vital service of the pedestrian passage connecting “the different key destinations in the heart of the city.”
“Most of the leading cities worldwide are embracing internationalization and global standards, opening to new methods and technologies while maintaining to push their local identity,” the chapter said.
The proposed underpass also showed paintings on its walls and small shops.
The chapter said they will also incorporate modern equipment such as escalators for PWD considerations and other environmental and sustainable features.
The project will be a collaboration for the city of Manila by Manila CPDO (City Planning and Development Office) through the United Architects of the Philippines.