By: Amy R. Remo, Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:32 AM February 03, 2018
Never has innovation played an even more strategic role to humanity than today.
With technology disrupting practically every facet of day to day living, the need to innovate and come up with fresh ways to adapt to changing times has never become more pressing, urgent, and significant.
From the way people work, conduct their businesses, even live and communicate, technology has drastically distorted and revolutionized the status quo compared to just a decade ago.
The gravity of this matter is not lost on global leaders and top executives, who are now exploring various ways to efficiently leverage on the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital economy.
In fact, part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos last month saw some discussions focusing on technology and artificial intelligence and how these can be harnessed in trade, job creation, smart agriculture and food systems, disaster resilience, governments, as well as intelligent, connected and livable cities.
The need for cities to innovate is just as pressing too—especially since it is expected that by 2050, another 2 billion people will be added to the global urban population.
This, according to data from WEF, would be equivalent to creating a city the size of London or San Francisco every month over the next two decades, a development that will press cities “to do more with less,” to be “smarter, greener and more efficient,” and most importantly, “to innovate.”
Hence, there has been a growing thrust to create smart cities—cities that are able to harness digital technologies to reshape communities and make it healthier, more efficient, connected, accessible, livable, and sustainable for the people. In short, cities that are said to be prepared for the future.
Based on certain indices, cities such as Copenhagen, Singapore, Stockholm and Seoul are touted as among the world’s smartest cities. Other cities, however, are still considered work in progress.
In the Philippines, a real estate giant is making a bold move, taking the lead in creating smart cities, as it pioneers what it has dubbed as ‘iTownships.’
“iTownships will become our new brand in ‘creating the townships of the future.’ It is about innovation, integration, internet and interconnectivity. Having these features in our townships does not only make our developments ‘future-ready’, but it also allows us to take greater steps towards sustainability and environmental responsibility,” explained Kevin L. Tan, senior vice president of Megaworld Corp.
“In this fast-changing digital world, we see the importance of aligning our developments to quickly adapt to the disruptions, which we perceive as opportunities,” he added.
The company’s move to roll out “iTownships” formed part of its efforts to “future-proof” its developments, which comprised of more than 660 residential developments, 54 office towers and 15 lifestyle malls within its 22 townships and integrated lifestyle communities across the Philippines.
This latest innovation from Megaworld, follows its 28-year leadership in pioneering the “live-work-play” concept in property development, which eventually gave birth to the so-called townships. This time around, the company is again raising the bar and elevating the standards of all its developments by incorporating digital technology, design innovations and connectivity into its townships. Tan said they have already assigned teams to study how they can seamlessly integrate smart technology and innovations into their townships.
Among the projects to be implemented include the digitization of customer service and payment processes, integration of smart home technology in residential units, utilization of digital technology and energy-efficient materials in structural designs, creation of Township Operation Centers across all developments which maximizes 24/7 security and safety monitoring and emergency response in every township, urban art installations and creative pedestrian crosswalks, smart parking system including provision for electric vehicle charging in mall developments.
Green and sustainable features will also be at the core of the program.
Some of the initiatives that will be implemented include the conversion of old streetlights to LED (light emitting diode) and solar-powered lights, green roofing for office buildings, provision of vertical green spaces across developments.
To know more about Megaworld Corporation's different township developments such as Uptown Bonifacio, Mckinley West, Mckinley Hill, and Mactan Newtown; and the high end condominiums that we are offering in our townships, you may inquire HERE.
The Viceroy condominium is Megaworld Corporation's modern residential enclave inside the Mckinley Hill township with moderately sized studio units (23 sqm and 26 sqm). This residential development adds a more modern twist compared to its predecessor, the Stamford Residences and Morgan Suites. This project is perfect for investment and and personal use because it is located near major establishments inside the Mckinley Hill township (Venice Grand Canal Mall) and Bonifacio Global City (High Street, St Lukes, Uptown Mall, SM Aura, Shangri-La Hotel), and several corporate office hubs.
Tower 1 and Tower 2 residential units are being turned over as of the moment, with Towers 3 and 4 coming soon.
I was given the privilege to take a peek at the studio unit of my good friend at Viceroy tower 1. I was really amazed of how beautiful the unit was, and it was a total upgrade compared to the older projects of Megaworld. The attention to detail was there and Megaworld really over delivered with this one. Now, I am really excited with Megaworld's future projects!
Inside the unit, it has this vibrant home feeling with the colour combinations matching together. Add to that the nice kitchen with its built in cabinets, counter top, plus the cooktop and range hood. Inside the bathroom, nice fixtures were installed as well plus a partial shower enclosure.
Just looking at the photos below, you can really tell that this unit in Viceroy is ready to be your future home or a wise investment!
Ask us about Megaworld's other pre-selling projects in the Mckinley Hill (Florence, Viceroy, Venice) and Bonfacio Global City Area (One Uptown Residence, Uptown Ritz, Uptown Parksuites).
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Megaworld Corporation's developments in Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio are in full swing of its construction!
Featuring the 4 towers of The Viceroy, with its classy and modern full glass facade. The Viceroy towers are topped off already.
Megaworld's newest project in the Mckinley Hill township - The Florence on the other hand, is at its foundation stages.
Finally, The Venice Residences has its Emanuele and Fiorenzo tower in the finishing stages of its interior. While its amenity and its swimming pool is already open for the residents to enjoy!
Plus, avid mall goers can already enjoy the restaurants inside the Venice Grand Canal Mall, such as TGIFriday's, Agave, Gran Cafe Lavena, and whole lot more!
Go invest and experience this masterpiece of a community by Megaworld!
Opening soon in Megaworld's premier township development, Mckinley Hill Fort Bonifacio, is its most awaited Venetian inspired mall - The Venice Grand Canal Mall! This is the first and only Venetian inspired mall in the Philippines with its authentic grand canal feature with gondola rides. Megaworld is levelling up its game in the real estate field with this very unique community concept. Investors will definitely get their money's worth as property values are sure to sky rocket in this prime location.
Watch out for signature brand shops, unique concept restaurants, and Ultra cinemas for your full enjoyment. This premier mall is the heart of the 50-hectare Mckinley Hill township, fully accessible to the multinational companies, international schools, embassies, village, and condominiums nearby.
Now, imagine the convenience of living a few steps from your office and a mall such as The Venice Grand Canal Mall. This is Megaworld's vision of eliminating time wasted in traffic jams and long commutes by creating self-sustaining communities. You can have your own place to call home in Mckinley Hill and enjoy the convenient lifestyle that Megaworld offers.
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