Sustainable turnaround for EDSA in the works
New lease on life Challenges, though, give rise to opportunities and solutions. Residential developer SM Development Corporation (SMDC) recently launched steps to give EDSA a new lease on life. It is doing this by addressing three elements of sustainable living: economic, environmental, and social. This April, SMDC launched the Green EDSA Movement at Fame Residences in Mandaluyong City (shown here), in a bid to provide breathing space in this busy thoroughfare via a tree-lined walkway, that would hopefully pave the way for a welcoming lush façade. This included the building of energy-saving features: a detention tank for reusable water harvesting, motion sensors for common-area lighting, and exterior curtain walls to allow natural light. Both residents and passersby now enjoy natural light, ventilation and greenery along this part of the bustling 23-km stretch. Green EDSA dream In line with this year’s Earth Day theme, “Restore Our Earth”, SMDC targets a bold vision: a highway lined with greens, a variety of plants giving off fresh air in lieu of smog, with sidewalks where people can leisurely stroll and relish the cityscape. Urban space filled with splashes of outdoor ornamentals against wood, sanctuaries of peace and quiet offering restoration to the urban dweller’s daily commute.
By putting green, landscaped spaces closer to urban residents, and giving them adequate opportunities for exposure to Nature, SMDC hopes to promote sustainable development - creating healthy communities where people can live securely, enjoy life to the fullest.