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Attention to Architects and Urban Planners

22 Jun
Contest “Thong Nhat Park: A Place for All”: is calling for application
Deadline for submission proposals: 16 Jul 2011

VNRE – The Vietnam Urban Planning Development Association, Lac Viet Centre for Community Support and Development and the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii are organizing a contest for young architects and urban planners titled “Thong Nhat Park: A Place for All”.

Through the development of proposals, and the implementation of the winning project, the contest encourages young architects and urban planners to develop their skills by working with communities in designing or renovating public spaces.

Process of contest:

1. 20 June-16 July: Prepare proposals for submission to the review committee.

2. 16-21 July: Selection of 5 finalists. Each of the finalists will be invited to participate in a workshop that will help them improve their proposals. They will then present their proposals to the selection committee. The winning proposal will be offered $4,000 to develop a more detailed plan for the park. Two other proposals will be offered encouragement prizes of $500 each for the contribution of their ideas.

3. August-December: Develop detailed plan for renovation of Thong Nhat Park.


Students and recent graduates of architecture and urban planning are encouraged to apply. The application process is as follows:

1. Applicants should prepare a five-page proposal. Proposals that are chosen for presentation to the selection committee will have a clear concept and set of goals, and show evidence of research, discussions with park management and users, offer examples of design elements, and present a draft-funding plan for implementation of their plan.

2. Applicants should apply as a team of up to five (5) persons. The role of each person on the team should be identified. A team leader should be selected. Each team should include a faculty advisor and may also include community members.

3. Applications should be sent in Vietnamese and English

4. Applications can include text, graphics, and maps.

For more information, contact to:
Lac Viet Centre for Community Support and Development
1 Trang Tien Str, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Lancaster Residences D4

29 Mar
VNREOn 26/03/2011, Trung Thuy Group Corporation and Saigon Beer Transport & Logistics JSC (Sabetran) published the results of the architectural competition for Lancaster Residences D4 project.

With the idea of designing the building like a sail, take the natural harmony of living space, fuel economy, overall architecture is beautiful, consistent with the area and landscape around the building and especially to ensure the safety, designed by NQH Architects has won first prize. The reward for NQH is a deal design package entire Lancaster Residences D4 project. DWP got second prize with a 12,000 USD reward, AW2 got third prize with a $8,000 reward, ICIC got four prize with a $5,000 reward.

Mr.Ngo Quan Hien – Director of NQH Architects – the winner in the competition, said: “In my design, the towers are curved to the majority of the apartments are facing the river and reduce the heat of the sun from the west, but still ensure the ventilation for the apartments, each apartment can welcome the direct light of nature. Green space is also very focused, trees will be planted around the towers and especially the safety features of the work is my leading priority.”

During the ceremony, Mr.Nguyen Van Trung – Deputy General Manager of Trung Thuy Group, and CEO of Trung Thuy Sabetran said: “We hope that after the project Lancaster Residences D4 is formed, all other investors will feel healthy living environment and potential in District 4.”

Lancaster Residences D4 is located at 78 Ton That Thuyet street, District 4, surrounded by so many rivers and canals. From here can easily go to District 5, District 8, District 1, District 7 and Thu Thiem.

The total area of 2.3 ha, ịn there 13,800 m2 for infrastructure, internal roads, 5,000 m2 to build apartment buildings and 4,350 m2 for kindergarten. Total capital is about 5800 billion VND. With the advantage of the traffic along with the enthusiasm and potential of investor, Lancaster Residences D4 promises to mark a point for Ton That Thuyet – Ben Van Don region, District 4 with a string of luxury apartments, shopping center, offices, kindergarten, swimming pool, medical diagnostic center, supermarket, cinemas…

Second prize: DWP

Vietnam students won the first prize in Design Against the Elements 2010

7 Mar
VNREWith plan for “self-supporting disaster village”, group of Vietnam students brought the first prize in the international architectural competition with the theme “Design against the effects by climate change.”

Group of students:

– Dao Thanh Hai, class 07K1 – Hanoi Architectural University
– Dang Ngoc Anh, class 07K3 – Hanoi Architectural University.
– Nguyen Ha Thang, fourth-year students – Phuong Dong University.
– Tutor: Ms. Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, PhD, Architect, lecturer of Hanoi Architectural University.

The plan for “self-supporting disaster village” is a residential for low-income people, can confront natural disasters such as storms and floods.

Village planning based on land topography has created two “natural island” in order to minimizes the impact of flood, the group of homes can help each other when natural disasters happen. The idea about a home as a piston with two structure layers: the cover layer to prevent storm – the core layer to float upon the flood. The village is a model that could apply to many similar areas.

DATE – Design Against the Elements is a global architectural design competition meant to find a solution to the problems presented by climate change. The competition calls for people working in architecture, urban planning contribute to develop sustainable home against natural disasters for communities in the tropic urbans. Born in 1976, DATE – Design Against the Elements is held yearly.

In 2010, the competition was launched from 05-March and has attracted 400 entries from all continents.

Source: Design Against the Elements
Photo from Hanoi Architecture University’ web

International architectural design competition for Saigon Green Energy Tower

23 Dec
VNREVietnam Electricity Corporation (EVN) has assigned to Hochiminh City Power Corporation as investor of the 8-8Bis Ham Tu Complex project. Saigon Green Energy Tower is the component project of the complex at 8-8Bis Ham Tu, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

The project land area is 7,632 m2 in the overall 8 – 8Bis Ham Tu complex (31,164 m2). Located on the main road is East-West Highway, limited by Nguyen Van Cu and Nguyen Bieu street. The tower will have scale 53-storey, maximum building density of 55%, coefficient of land use is 14, the total investment of project approximately $100 million.

The organization committee will select and invite 07 consultant units of foreign and in the country on the basis of ability and experience.

For further information please contact: Competition Organizer

EVN Land Saigon Vina
Add: 8 – 8Bis Ham Tu, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: 84.8.2241 7241 – Fax: 84.8.3526 2524
Contact: Mr.Le Truc Canh
Mobile: 84-907 811 599 – Email:


Planning Information Center of Ho Chi Minh City
Add: Room 6-1, No. 168 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Tel: 84.8.2210 3334 – Fax: 84.8.3824 8663
Contact: Mrs.Le Thi Minh Loan
Mobile: 84-913 734 018 – Email: ttttqh.sqhkt

The information dissemination seminar on November 20, 2010: