The Form and Meaning of the 'New Philippine City' After 1898
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AbstractThe colonisation of the Philippines by Americans following the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898 radically reshaped the nature of local society and, in conjunction, the form and appearance of Philippine settlements. Whilst structuralist interpretations of American City Beautiful urbanism in Southeast Asia have emphasised the contrast in the urban forms crafted pre- and post-1898, to date little is known about what the design of the American/modern urban environment meant to either the colonisers and the Filipinos. Given this historical backdrop, this work offers a treatise on the spatial and cultural concept of the American city in the Philippines, and how the form of the ‘new city’, as modelled on the ideas of Daniel Burnham, illuminated the difference between the modern age and a unified Filipino population with the ‘uncivilised’—that is to say, tribal—condition of society in 1898. In so doing, the chapter accentuates two matters: first, why urban design was such an important constituent of American colonial governance; and second, the need to put the Philippines within the larger picture of urban-planning historiography, namely within the early 1900s evolution of city design practices already noted by scholars with regard to North America, South America, Australasia, and Europe.
Acceptance Date29/03/2019
All Author(s) ListIan Morley
All Editor(s) ListHenco Bekkering, Adele Esposito, Charles Goldblum
Book titleIdeas of the City in Asian Settings
Series TitleAsian Cities
Number in Series10
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Pages107 - 140
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsThe Philippines, Manila, American colonial governance, City Beautiful, Daniel Burnham

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