This Is What Rizal Park Could've Looked Like If Things Actually Went Right


Yes, it's that time again. You know, when we become nostalgic for what things could have been... had our country gone the right direction. Imagine: great transportation, picturesque views, amazing architecture, to name a few.

This time, we're looking back once again at Burnham's Plan of Manila, thanks to a user from SkyscraperCity named BoNduRanT. It's not our first time waxing poetic about the 1905 scrapped grand urban plan or even American architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham himself. But, BonduRanT has given us a reason as he's given a better visual of how Rizal Park could've looked like with the help of 3D modeling computer program SketchUp. Check it out below.

Burnham wanted Rizal Park (then Luneta Park) to be more than just a park.

Instead, the urban designer wanted to move it closer to Manila Bay in reclaimed land.


The proposed city plan would make the park the location of the new government center.

The rest of the landscape was envisioned to be a Philippine version of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The highlight was to be a large Capitol building (similar to the Washington Capitol).

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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