HCMC establishes competition council for innovative urban area ideas

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 1 signed a decision to establish a competition council to seek ideas for planning and development of an highly interactive and innovative urban area in the east of the city including Districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc.

Hanoi Highway in District 9, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)
Hanoi Highway in District 9, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The council comprises 13 members including seven international experts namely Zhiyu Jerry Chen, senior economic expert of the World Bank; Michael Koh, director of Urban Planning and Design at the Singaporean Urban Redevelopment Authority; Professor Dr. Yong Han Ahn from Hanyang University, South Korea; Joost Helms, director of the Eindhoven International Project Office, the Netherlands; Halvard Dalheim, executive director of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment of New South Wales, Australia; Phil Donaldson, manager of  Adelaide Living Laboratory (ALL), Australia; and Professor Dr. Jorg Rainer Noennig from the HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany.

Vietnam has six experts including Architect Tran Ngoc Chinh from Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association and former deputy Minister of Construction; Dr. Nguyen Viet Dung, director of HCMC Department of Planning and Investment; Tran Chi Dung, chairman of HCMC Urban Planning Development Association; Associate Professor Dr. Tran Hoang Ngan, head of HCMC Development Studies Institute; Nguyen Thanh Nha, director of HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture; and Khuong Van Muoi, deputy chairman of Vietnam Association of Architects.

The competition council will help the organization board estimate and rank projects and select the best one for the organization board to synthesize and report to the city People’s Committee for approval.

The competition will be organized from October 14-16.

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