To reconsider the paired forces of colonialism and neoliberalism as shapers of Philippine cities, a think-tank consortium was assembled specifically for the Philippine Pavilion. Filipino artist Yason Banal, four Philippine architecture schools, and a non-governmental organization were invited to form part of this consortium and tasked to respond to the themes of the exhibit.

The projects of the think-tank consortium embody an optimistic attitude towards responding to the possibilities and humanity of the Philippine cities.