The seminar was attended by faculty members, students and representatives from various universities and research institutes in Asia. The UPCA delegation has the most number of representatives (25 participants of 12 faculty members and 13 graduate & undergraduate students) from all of the schools represented in the seminar. More than 100 participants came from the following institutions in Asia and from other parts of the world: Hanyang University, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Kyonggi University, Mokwon University, and Korea Land & Housing Corporation in Korea; Keio University, Chuo University, Kyoto University of Art & Design, Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University, Fuji Women’s University, and National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan; The Chinese University of Hongkong, Tsinghua University, Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University, Tianjin University, and Tongji University in China; Pacific National University in Russia; Universite de Bourgogne in France; Georgia Institute of Technology and Sino-US Eco Urban Laboratory in United States of America.
Out of the 25 attendees from UPCA, 13 participants presented their papers in the conference. Five faculty members were also assigned as moderators for some of the sessions, while five participants attended the conference as observers. A total of eleven (11) papers were presented by delegates from UPCA – an increase in number of paper presentations from the previous 2 conferences (6 paper presentations in 2013 and 5 papers presented in 2012) – with various topics related to smart urbanism.
- “Shared Growth” Urban Renewal Initiatives in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines by Michael Tomeldan, Mayla Antonio, Jocelyn Arcenas, Kristine Mae Beltran, and Precious Anne Cacalda (Session Topic/Theme: Sustainable Development)
- The Legacy of San Juan, Batangas: A Heritage Tourism Destination – Documentation and Assessment of the Ancestral Townhouses in the Poblacion by Jeremy Jade Balagat, Katherine Anne Correa, and Mar Lorence Ticao (Session Topic/Theme: Urban Planning Theory and History)
SESSION B: ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN
- Urban Mutability as a Response to Climate Change: Tacloban City Post-Haiyan by Jose Danilo Silvestre (Session Topic/Theme: Urban Design)
- Responsible Architecture: The Green Dealership Program of Hyundai by Dolores Cecilia Madrid, Carla Bianca Lim, Carem Morales, and Francis Timothy Santos (Session Topic/Theme: Architecture Design)
- “Ang Kuta ng Rodriguez”: The Stronghold and Resilient Countryside Development of Rodriguez, Rizal by Zenaida Galingan, Ermileen De Jesus, Joel Deocaris, and Lou Vincent Licerio (Session Topic/Theme: Urban Spatial Structure)
SESSION C: URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEM
- Surmounting the Risk: Community Ties of Baseco Compound in Managing Risk Management by Nappy Navarra, D.Eng. (Session Topic/Theme: Disaster Prevention & Risk Management)
- Opportunities in Disasters: Strategies for Increased Resilience of Eminent Churches in Selected Heritage-Rich, Disaster-Prone Localities of Albay, Philippines by Claudia Isabelle Montero and Romeo Santos, Ph.D. (Session Topic/Theme: Disaster Prevention & Risk Management)
- Puerto Real Biodiversity Conservation Park: A Study on the Effects of Losing the Mangrove Forest by Von Gerald Azagra, Madonna Danao, Patricia Paguia, Zenaida Galingan, PALA, PIEP (Session Topic/Theme: Environment & Ecosystem)
- Indigenous People as Custodians in Natural Forest Resource Management: An Evaluation of Dumagat/Remontado Tribe as Potential Forest Resource Managers in Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape by Sarah Moussavi and Nappy Navarra, D.Eng. (Session Topic/Theme: Environment & Ecosystem)
- Ecological Infrastructure Planning: Corridor Resource Landscape Management Approach of Angat River Basin by Madonna Danao and Nappy Navarra, D.Eng. (Session Topic/Theme: Environment & Ecosystem)
- Perception of Outdoor Thermal Comfort and Actual Uses of Selected Outdoor Open Spaces in University of the Philippines Diliman Campus by Glenn Orbon and Genelyn Ma. Sarte (Session Topic/Theme: Landscape)
The last day of the conference featured technical tours of various places in Seoul for delegates. One group visited the historical areas of the capital city while another group went to the new towns at the southern part of the city. The Traditional Place Tour passed through the heritage areas of Gwanghwamun Square, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon-Hanok Village, and Insa-dong Street Market, while the other group visited the new town developments of Pangyo and Alphadom City, as well as a traditional market in Seongnam.
The 20th edition of Inter-University Seminar on Asian Megacities will be held in Manila next year, as Dean Mary Ann Espina offered hosting the said event. She vowed to surpass, if not of equal, the success of the recent IUSAM hosted by Hanyang University.