Youth Project

Student workshop 2011: A City for All

STT International Student Workshop & Competition

28.2 – 11.3 2011  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is developing fast. New high rises, luxury apartments and condominiums are erected almost daily and beginning to attract the bigger regional players in development. At the same the lack of an urban masterplan, few building controls and a worrying trend in forced eviction for poorer communities is raising many questions about the sustainability of the city’s growth.

Is this really development?

The workshop will focus on the premise that everyone has a right to the city, identifying current issues and exploring ways in which future Phnom Penh can claim to be a city that has progressive ideas on development planning.

The workshop will centre on an idea competition, where groups of participants will collaborate with local NGOs and grassroots organisations to develop their visions of equitable urban development in Phnom Penh.

The programme also  includes lectures by a variety of actors in the urban space as well as field visits to a variety of architecturally and socially significant sites in the capital. The workshop will culminate in final presentations of the groups’ work with their respective organisations.

Competition brief:

Task: To design public buildings which integrate existing communities and grassroots initiatives into the wider urban landscape. Participants should partner with local organisations to develop an outline design(s) for one or more public building(s) identified as a need by the organisation and /or local community, linking the design(s) to surrounding urban space either physically or thematically. For example, a group may design a library and choose to either present ways for developing and/or regenerate the area in which the library is located, or explore existing library resources in Phnom Penh from an urban planning perspective and propose improvements.

Timeframe: Each team will present their project entry in multimedia form on Mar. 11 in a juried exhibition. Teams will be formed on Feb. 28 but workshop participants may contact partner NGOs any time before that for more information.

Tentative schedule:

Date Time Event Location
28.02.2011 Mon 13.00 Finnish group arrive in Phnom Penh
14-15.00 Lunch
15-17.00 Visit to The Building
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feedback session
20.00-22.00 Joint Dinner
01.03.2011 Tue 08.30-11.30 Tour of Modern Khmer Architecture
11.30-13.00 Lunch
13.00-16.00 Tour continues
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
02.03.2010 Wed 09.00-17.00 Opening of Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts ( RUFA), presentations RUFA
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
03.03.2011 Thu 09.00-17.00 Visit to STT offices and other NGO:s
18.00-20.00 Forming of groups and choice of collaborator, contact NGO
04.03.2011 Fri 09.00-17.00 Visit to Eviction and relocation sites
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
05.03.2011 Sat 08.30-11.30 Cyclo Tour of Phnom Penh
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
06.03.2011 Sun 08.00-17.00 Tour of Silk Island (Koh Dach)
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
07.03.2011 Mon 09.00-13.00 Visit to contemporary projects (CamKo City and the King’s Village)
14.00-16.00 Visit to UN-Habitat Offices
17.00-18.00 Visit to a local architect’s  office ( The Room Design Studio, Archetype etc)
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back,
08.03.2011 Tue Meetings with NGO:s, project proposals
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
09.03.2011 Wed Workshop/work
18.00-20.00 Discussions and Feed back
10.03.2011 Thu Project presentations and critques at RUFA
18.00-20.00 Party on boat for all participants
11.03.2011 Fri Final day of workshop/Project wind-up
19.00-21.00 Final Dinner for facilitators

TAO: Technical Assistance Organisation (Phillipines)

Doing some very interesting work with young designers and community groups in their Young professionals Program (YPP)

Right to the City: Student Lecture Series 2010

Starting in October, the lecture series will hopefully be the start of an annual series of public debates and presentations about  a wide range of urban design issues.  Of particular note is the lecture on October 19th by one of the leading lights in  Thai Architecture, Patama Roonrakwit, who will share her experience of community architecture and on 16th November locally based architects, Sara Hulten and Din Somethearith will share their thoughts on Sustainable Cities. Hope we’ll see you there..

Student Workshop March 2010: SUSTAINABLE SHELTERbeneficiary house construction

The workshop was held 2-12 March 2010 at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) with architecture students from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, as well as local students from RUFA, Norton, Limkokwing, Cambodia Mekong, and Pannasastra universities. The workshop explored what adequate housing means in Cambodia and gave students an insight into life for urban poor communities.

This year, organised for the third year running, participants visited urban poor communities under threat of eviction, communities living in relocation sites, new housing developments, as well as explore Khmer architecturehabitat 4 humanity more generally. In addition there was a design competition for local students, where participants were asked to design a house for a family living in Trapeang Krasang relocation site for under US$1,000 (funded courtesy of Habitat for Humanity). There were 10 entries to the competition and the winning entry by Kanika and Huot from Pannasastra was selected by the beneficiary family and has been constructed on site. Trapang Krasang relocation site is some 27 km outside of Phnom Penh, created following the evictions in Sambok Chap community in central Phnom Penh in May 2006.

Workshop timetable (key dates):

March 2
8.00am: opening of workshop
2.00pm: local students unveil competition design
March 4
8.30am: Design competition finale
March 5
8.30am: Building of winning design begins
March 11
8.30am (Full day): presentations by visiting architects and students
March 12
8.00am: unveiling of completed house in Trapeang Krasang

Architecture Students from Helsinki University of Technology linked with students from the Royal University of Fine Arts in a 3 day workshop in early March. The theme ‘Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism’ was taken from the title of a book by Bryan Bell, a US based designer and head of Design Corps whose philosophy includes widening architects approach to design. In this context STT used the term to mean a wider appreciation of Phnom Penh’s urban issues – including urban poor communities which for many students remain ‘out of sight and out of mind’. The students worked with existing projects at RUFA looking at possible options for development at Boeung Kak in which large areas of the existing lake are retained and used for public enjoyment.


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