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Field School - Vietnam: Hue Urban Design & Environmental Planning
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Field School - Vietnam: Hue Urban Design & Environmental Planning

This field school will build upon several decades of design research by the directors in close collaboration with Vietnamese academic, professional, and government partners.

1/5/2020 to 2/1/2020
When: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Where: Hue
Vietnam
Contact: Institute for Field Research
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This field school will build upon several decades of design research by the directors in close collaboration with Vietnamese academic, professional, and government partners. Vietnam and Thừa Thiên Huế in particular, offer a unique living laboratory for contemporary urbanism. The ever-growing, speedy urbanization and necessary response to the consequences of climate change are of specific interest. Our research intertwines understanding of development, specific socio-cultural appropriation of urban and rural territories, and the unique ecological qualities of the province. In addition, there will be a project and design scenario component conducted in collaboration with local experts and professionals to create more resilient and adaptive as well as socially and ecologically-just settlements and environments.

Thừa Thiên Huế province hosts a wide variety of ecologies adjacent to one another. The majestic geography stretches from the Trường Sơn Mountains bordering Laos (with large national parks like the well-known Back Ma National Park), to the broad Perfume River plain and its tributaries culminating in the Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon (the largest lagoon system in Southeast Asia) and finally the East Sea. It hosts the UNECSO Hue Imperial City and a number of royal mausoleums. The design research will focus on the mountains and the lagoon. The Vietnamese Institute of Urban Planning (based in Hanoi, operating under the Ministry of Construction) will be a primary partner together with University of Architecture Hồ Chí Minh (UAH), Hue University of Forestry, and Thừa Thiên Department of Construction to ground the investigations in ongoing projects and discussions with various relevant stakeholders. Participants in the field school will partner with Vietnamese colleagues and learn hands-on fieldwork methods of urbanism research (including state-of-the-art mapping techniques of landscape urbanism), become acquainted with urban design strategies and gain substantial urban design experience. 


Website: https://ifrglobal.org/program/vietnamhue/?portfolioCats=292

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