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 fully funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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 notion of urban quality of life links the different work packages. 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 such as the Phnom Penh City Hall and by means of a secondary education demonstration project (Green School). Locally established multipliers such as the European Chamber of Commerce or the Cambodia Architect & Decor fair will support the further 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. Tools and products systematically build upon each other. Learning curves and feedback loops are incorporated into the project design.

Latest News

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Fruitful meeting with representatives of Phnom Penh Capital Administration, 12 December 2019

On 12 December 2019, the principal investigator of the Build4People project, Dr. Michael Waibel, the local project manager Dr. Susanne Bodach, and the director of the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies, Dr. Tep. Makathy met with representatives of Phnom Penh Capital Administration, first of all Tema Vichekal, Deputy General Secretary of Phnom Penh Capital Administration.

This fruitful meeting served to further explain about the Build4People project in general and to discuss the upcoming activity “eco city transition lab” scheduled for March 2020.

Site Visit at CDRI to develop “Smart and Green Campus”, 04 December 2019

On 04 December 2019 members of the Build4People team met with Dr. Chem Phalla, Acting Executive Director, Dr Eng Netra, Acting Director of Research Unit and Dr Chhem Rethy, former Acting Excecutive Director of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia’s leading independent development policy research think tank.

During the meeting the Build4People team and CDRI representatives discussed Build4People’s potential consultancy to transform the existing site of CDRI into a “Smart and Green Campus” with a state-of-the-art library, attractive open spaces, general disability access, office space for business incubators and office facilities bringing the different disciplines within CDRI together. In this context, the “Smart and Green Campus” may also serve as a pilot project of the Build4People Project.

Introduction of Build4People Project to H.E. Chea Sophara, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Cambodia, 04 December 2019

On 04 December 2019, the representative of the Build4People project, Dr. Michael Waibel, was given the opportunity to present the Build4People project to His Excellency Chea Sophara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Cambodia.

Special thanks go to Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia, who made this possible.

Successful Roundtable Workshop at Phnom Penh City Hall, 27 November 2019

On 27 November 2019, the Build4People met with leading representatives of Phnom Penh Capital Administration to discuss further cooperation.

Phnom Penh Capital Administration is regarded as Build4People’s most important implementation partner.

The roundtable workshop had been prepared by Work Package #3 “Sustainable Neighbourhoods”, represented by Rolf Messerschmidt, CEO of EMP (Eble Messerschmidt Partner, Architects and Urban Designers PartGmbB) based in Tübingen, Germany.

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