Matthew Flores, from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, makes the case for greater indigenous representation in urban design. The essay critiques the homogeneity of urban settings in the Philippines and around the world, the result of ideas of modernity and development that are rooted in colonial norms. If indigenous people are given a greater role in urban planning, such as by pushing for greater indigenous representation in citizen councils, cities will ultimately benefit from their unique perspectives and knowledge of the natural environment.