The trans-disciplinary Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab was held at Phnom Penh City Hall from 01-06 March 2020. The goal of the collaborative planning workshop was to create an understanding of the relevant local issues in a case study area.
The Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab was undertaken by means of active interaction of the international Build4People experts’ team (professors and professionals) from Germany, Phnom Penh Capital Administration representatives (including architects and urban planners), local authority, housing developers, local university professors, and other local experts, supported by students from the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and of Norton University.
The local administration proposed a site for this case study that is situated within the dynamically growing Chbar Ampov district at the urban-rural edge in the southeast section of Phnom Penh next to National Road 1.
Derived from a joint workshop and hands-on-planning sessions, preliminary integrated planning concepts for the site were developed in a multidisciplinary teamwork process.
Inspired by the motto “Let the nature flow!”, that was conceived by one of the hands-on-planning working groups, due to the underlying wetland and landscape structure of the site, the so-called “Blue Green City” approach was established. The plans illustrate the mutual integration of urban climate and green corridors, a water management strategy and mixed-use urban design.
Finally, the Land Use Plan, Urban Structure Plan and related planning concepts shall serve as a starting point to further discuss and specifically develop an eco-town development within Chbar Ampov.
This will also serve to develop valid strategies and site selection criteria for sustainable urban development in Phnom Penh in general.
The main facilitation of the Ecocity Transition Lab was carried out by WP3 “Sustainable Neighbourhoods” represented by EMP: Eble Messerschmidt Partner (CEO Rolf Messerschmidt, Oliver Lambrecht, Marcelo Rivera as Urban Designers and Architects) and Andreas von Zadow (Process Designer von Zadow International).
This team has been supported by Phnom Penh Capital Administration (PPCA), the Build4People coordination of Dr. Michael Waibel and of the research associate Ravi Jayaweera, both University of Hamburg), the local coordinator Dr. Susanne Bodach and the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS) (Director Dr. Tep Makathy, research associate Tola Mach) as well as students from the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and from Norton University.
Contributions have been made by WP1 on Behavior Change (Annalena Becker), WP2 on Sustainable Building (Dr. Dirk Schwede and Kristina Karagianni), WP4 on Urban Green (Prof. Jan-Peter Mund, Amelie McKenna), WP5 on Urban Climate (Prof. Dr. Lutz Katzschner), WP6 on Sustainable Urban Transformation (Dr. Michael Waibel, Ravi Jayaweera).