Infrastructure scoping study: sustainable built environments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

1. Urban planning mechanisms and dynamics A study of the institutional and policy context of urban development in Viet Nam will be undertaken, with a focus on its two largest cities, Hanoi and HCMC. The key researcher Ifte Ahmed, has been employed on a casual researcher basis in RMIT and has co-ordinated visits by representatives of the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Viet Nam Green Building Council (VGBC) in Melbourne. Through these connections, the research will explore the changing relationship between city and national government; bureaucratic roles; capacity/needs regarding future sustainability needs and objectives; and housing and development policy with regards to equity, social, economic, and environmental goals. Parallels and comparisons will be drawn with Melbourne. 2. Urban Infrastructure mapping and prognosis for sustainable building development A scoping level mapping exercise of the current building and planning policy and practice landscape in Viet Nam will be undertaken. This will be used to inform emerging Viet Nam Green Building Council priorities for sustainable building assessment tools, and will feed in to a project being led by the CCA programme in 2009. Comparisons will be drawn with Melbourne and future funding is expected to be accessed from State and Federal climate change adaptation in cities research agendas currently being configured.

Start By 29 June 2007
Completed By 29 December 2007
Funding RMIT Research Support
Researcher(s) Iftekhar Ahmed
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Ha Noi – Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
Melbourne – Australia