Collaboration of local students to jointly develop alternative sustainability visions of Norea City in the context of the Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab 2024

From 29 February till 05 March 2024, about 80 students from six local universities daily gathered at the Fortune Tower of Phnom Penh to jointly work develop alternative visions of sustainability of a prime site of waterfront development in Phnom Penh: Norea City.

Due to their different disciplinary backgrounds (the students were from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Norton University, Royal University of Agriculture and from the Techo Sen Institute of Public Works and Transport), the students were enabled to gain a comprehensive view of urban sustainability on neighbourhood level.

This learning process was reinforced by inputs in the context of several hands-on workshops and permanent guidance from different Build4People Work Package members and from their local professors during the whole process.

The day before the final presentation, the Vice Chairman of OCIC group, the developer company of Norea City, Mr. Touch Samnang, showed up at the working room and provided feedback to preliminary works of the local students.

Finally, the students got invited to present their collective ideas to a big audience, among them high-level representatives of Phnom Penh Capital Hall and of OCIC Group, in the context of the Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab 2024 Presentation Conference at Phnom Penh City Hall on 06 March 2024.

The whole Build4People team would like to express its acknowledgment of the dedicated and passionate work of the local students in the whole course of the Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab process which we also regard as a mutual learning system. All of this is very much appreciated.