About the Project

Spaces in Transition: A University of the Philippines-funded project which aims to map the rapid spatial transformations that have been taking place in Manila’s peri-urban fringe, specifically in Rizal, Laguna and Cavite provinces.

In recent decades, Manila’s peri-urban fringe, a functional region adjacent to Metro Manila, has experienced dramatic urban-rural transformations, as evidenced by numerous industrial estates, gated residential subdivisions, ‘new urban’ township projects, and commercial centers that punctuate dense agricultural communities. However, contingent to these changes are enduring issues of dispossession, socio-spatial segregation, and environmental degradation. Using a socio-spatial lens, this study maps these by examining the interrelations of political, economic, demographic and cultural processes shaping the fringe and by answering the following questions framed according to three dimensions of space:

(1) Built Space. How have spatial patterns of built environments and land uses changed over time, taking into account histories of development programs, actual projects, and settlements?

(2) Demographic Space. How has the emergence of new urban developments and land use reconfigured spatial patterns of population growth and mobility in Manila’s fringe?

(3) Experiential Space. How have new residential developments and settlements such as gated communities, socialized housing, and slums reconfigured the everyday lives of residents?

We are now featured as part of the Relational Poverty Network and the UP Population Institute.