Research for a sustainable Cambodia: the Build4People Project

The Build4People project aims to research and promote the use of sustainable buildings and sustainable urbanization in Phnom Penh. Therefore it focuses on people’s aspirations and their behaviour. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Project Objectives

Our project promotes sustainable buildings and sustainable urban development from a people-centred perspective. We aim at lowered greenhouse gas, pollutant emissions, a better indoor environment, an increase of urban green, a healthier urban climate. Read more.

Project Originality

The trans-disciplinary Build4People project connects scientific-conceptional and analytical aspects. The superior normative bracket is always the urban quality of life. We align people’s needs and aspirations with tools to benefit their living. Read more.

Project Relevance

Cambodia’s traditional architecture took climate conditions into account. Today dynamic economic growth affects the way buildings are built and operated which is not energy-efficient nor tropical climate adapted. Reasons enough for B4P. Read more.

Project Set-up

10 partners across continents join forces to implement 7 work packages: from Behaviour Change, Sustainable Buildings and Neighbourhoods, to Urban Green, Urban Climate to Sustainable Urban Transformation and Coordination. Read more.

Project Approach

The Build4People project considers sustainable, people-centred urban development as a crosscutting task. A genuinely people-centred planning system can neither be expected to “evolve by itself” nor is it feasible through legal regulations only. Our diverse team includes Cambodian and German partners which cooperate on a trans-disciplinary basis. Together they will develop innovative concepts aimed at urban sustainability that are based on scientific and regional expertise. The integrating link of our scientific-conceptional, analytical and normative dimension is the urban quality of life, which we consider to be the general foundation for our people-driven approach. The research consortium will carry out field research together with the most renowned local universities. Based on these insights, context-specific interventions will be implemented together with a number of core actors most important of all the Phnom Penh Capital Administration. Locally established multipliers such as the European Chamber of Commerce or the Cambodia Architect & Decor fair will support the dissemination of our approaches.

A strong partnership to deliver research results

Academic Quality
We gathered a team with a proven record of academic excellence, extensive regional expertise and solid project experience.

Transdisciplinary Approach
We draw from expertise and methods from Human Geography, Architecture, Urban Planning, Enviromental Psychology, Civil Engineering, Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and Climate Research.

Cross-border cooperation
German Universities and private sector actors collaborate with Cambodia partners from the academic arena, the municial setting and responsible ministrial offices.

Work Packages

Work Packages

The work package teams cooperate together, share their findings and develop joint deliverables as part of action research processes. Tools and products systematically build upon each other. Learning curves and feedback loops are incorporated into the project design.

Latest News

Stay up-to-date with our latest activities

Successful Build4People Social Media Campaign via Facebook

From the beginning of project funding, Build4People has disseminated information on its various activities and knowledge on the topic of sustainable buildings / urbanization via its social media channels such as YouTube, Instagram or Facebook. The latter has evolved into the medium with the strongest outreach.

In the meantime, the Build4People Facebook page managed by the consortium lead at Hamburg University has more than 1,000 subscribers and Build4People postings are often read by several thousands people. More importantly, those people increasingly share the Build4People postings which further strengthens our dissemination.

We are very happy about this and are determined to further improve our dissemination efforts in the future.

Successful presentation “Cambodia’s Youth as Change Agents for a Sustainable Transformation? Experiences from the Build4People project”

On 10 May 2021, Dr Michael Waibel and Ravi Jayaweera gave a presentation with the title “Cambodia’s Youth as Change Agents for a Sustainable Transformation? Experiences from the Build4People project”, as part of the public lecture series “Youth and Ageing in Southeast Asia”, organized by the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia at Hamburg University.

Introduction of Build4People project at SURE Kick-off Conference, 29 April 2021

On 29 April 2021, the Kick-off Conference of the Programme “Sustainable Development of Urban Regions” (SURE) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) took place.

As part of this conference all ten funded projects got the chance to introduce about themselves. In the case of Build4People, the consortium leader Dr Michael Waibel provided a concise insight into the rationale, the objectives and the research approaches of this multi- and transdisciplinary project.

Build4People Participation at Validation Workshop on Cambodia’s NDC Roadmap for Sustainable Buildings and Construction 2020-2050

On 29 April 2021, the final Validation Workshop on Cambodia’s NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) Roadmap for Sustainable Buildings and Construction 2020-2050 took place. The main aims of this event were to share and present the national baseline survey, to get feedback and further inputs from stakeholders on key priority actions for each activity area and finally, to discuss implementation of the roadmap and institutional arrangements.

Members from several Work Packages (WP) of the Build4People team took part at this event, among them Dr Dirk Schwede (Stuttgart University), leader of WP2 “Sustainable Building”, Rolf Messerschmidt (Eble Messerschmidt Partner), leader of WP3 “Sustainable Neighbourhoods” and Ravi Jayaweera (Hamburg University), research associate of WP6 “Sustainable Urban Transformation”.During the consultation process they actively provided feedback based on their academic and professional experience as well as their expertise gained through the Build4People project.

The intensive discussion resulted in a validation of a first baseline of the NDC Roadmap for Sustainable Buildings and Construction 2020-2050. Furthermore, a preliminary agreement could be reached about the approach and arrangements for the implementation of the NDC roadmap (and its periodic updates) by the stakeholders and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC). For this, a potential collaboration, which would be based on the Build4People action research on sustainable neighbourhoods and sustainable building, was offered by the Build4People participants. Finally, the event also contributed to networking among key stakeholders and – relevant in our context – to increased visibility of the Build4People project.

Below you will find some screenshots for further illustration.