Research for Better Quality of Urban Life: the Build4People Project

The Build4People project aims to research and promote the use of sustainable buildings and sustainable urbanization through re-configuring the urban transformation pathway of Phnom Penh. Thereby, 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.

Latest News

Stay up-to-date with our latest activities

Fruitful and inspiring 3rd Build4People Curriculum Development Summit Meeting with colleagues from Royal University of Phnom Penh

On 12 January 2022, the 3rd Build4People Curriculum Development Summit Meeting took place. This time, the Build4People team discussed options to promote joint curriculum development with our dedicated colleagues from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), the latter being Build4People’s most important research partner.

More information on this event will soon be published at the Event section of Build4People’s website.

Best Presentation Award for Build4People Work Package #4 team member Gulam Mohiuddin from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

We are proud to let you know that the presentation “Statistical Relation between Vegetation Cover and Land Surface Temperature in Phnom Penh City” held by Work Package #4 team member Gulam Mohiuddin from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development at International Conference on Remote Sensing for Urban Planning and Management ICRSUPM, Singapore, 07-08 January 2022 has received the best presentation award.

The submitted abstract has been jointly prepared by Work Package #4 research associate Gulam Mohiuddin and the Work Package #4 team leader Gulam Prof Dr Jan Peter Mund. The presentation not only highlighted about their study but as well about the Build4People project.

Build4People would like to express its sincere congratulations to both of them.


Successful Dissemination Event with Center for Khmer Studies (CKS)

On 15 December 2021, the CKS-Build4People webinar “Urban Sustainability Transitions in Phnom Penh: Insights from the Build4People Project” took place with inspiring presentations.

In this context, the Build4People project is very happy that Dr. Mansi Jain from Utrecht University, one of the leading scholars in this field, joined this event as a keynote speaker. Mansi is a Postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, Netherlands in research hubs “Transforming Cities” and “Data and Knowledge Hub-Healthy Urban Living” where she conducts trans-disciplinary research with urban stakeholders.

Thanks a lot to all of the staff of CKS for preparing and managing this event, most of all to its director Natharoun Ngo.

Successive joint dissemination events with the Centre of Khmer Studies will be organized with inputs from Build4People WP#5 “Urban Climate” and Build4People WP#1 “Behaviour Change” in the upcoming months.

A more thorough documentation of this event will be soon published at the EVENT section of our website.