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03 March 2020

Exhibition Opening “Green Building and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” at META House, Phnom Penh

  • How do you want to live in the city?
  • How do you perceive urban quality of life?
  • What can be learned from Germany and Europe in terms of sustainable urban development of Phnom Penh?

The key aim of the Build4People exhibition „Green Building and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” is to raise awareness about these issues and to reach out to a wide public. Thereby, the exhibition with 32 posters in A1-Format provides information with easy-to-understand language and a focus on graphic visualisation and many photos. The main target group for this exhibition are the general public, but also architects, construction and engineering companies, developer enterprises and students / lecturers from institutions of higher education.

26 February 2020

Presentation at Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture (DPA)

19 February 2020

Publication of the 2nd video clip of the Build4People project


This video clip published via YouTube is a documentation of our successful Build4People project launch & conference event at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 26 November 2019.

The Phnom Penh based company Studio4 under the guidance of the Build4People consortium leader, the University of Hamburg, Germany, has produced it.

Thanks for the valuable support and inspiring input of all involved.

22 December 2019

Season‘s Greatings

14 December 2019

Presentation at the 1st International Conference on Innovation in Learning Instruction and Teacher Education (ILITE), Hanoi National University of Education

Last conference presentation after a long and intensive-productive trip to Southeast Asia in November / December 2019. At the conference, I presented the concept to develop a Green School Demonstration project as part our of multi-disciplinary Build4People project in Cambodia.

10 December 2019

Presentation at the media briefing event “Urban Change and Climate change”, hosted by the Center for Regional and Urban Studies (CRUS) and Văn Lang University (VLU)

 

Very happy to be invited to present at the media briefing “Urban change in the context of Climate change”. This event was jointly hosted by the Center for Regional and Urban Studies (CRUS) and Văn Lang University (VLU).

All in all, it was a great experience, I highly enjoyed the vibrant discussions. Also very glad, that my panel exhibition “Urban Change in Vietnam”, sponsored by the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, was shown, there, as well. Thanks to the many people, who made this possible!

04 December 2019

Introduction of Build4People Project to H.E. Chea Sophara, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Cambodia

Proud to be given the opportunity to present the Build4People project to His Excellency Chea Sophara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Cambodia.
My special thanks go to Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia, who made this possible.

03 December 2019

Roundtable Workshop on “Sustainable Urban Transformation” at the Royal University of Phnom Penh

On 03 December 2019, the Roundtable Workshop on “Sustainable Urban Transformation” took place at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre. The Roundtable Workshop aimed at the consolidation of the scientific research strategy for the definition phase of Build4People’s work package #6, “Sustainable Urban Transformation”.

Read here for more information on this event

27 November 2019

Build4People Roundtable Workshop at MJQ Education

The Build4People project aims to transform an educational institution into a so-called “Green School Demonstration Project”. Our local partner is Mengly J. Quach Education (MJQ Education), a private school with several campus buildings, 11,500 students and 1,400 teachers and employees in Phnom Penh.

During a roundtable workshop on 27 November 2019, our team met with representatives of MJQ Education to discuss and exchange ideas from various perspectives towards green school development.

Read here for more information on this event

27 November 2019

Roundtable with Phnom Penh Capital Administration

On 27 November 2019, the Build4People researchers and members of the Build4People Scientific Advisory Board met with representatives of Phnom Penh Capital Administration at Phnom Penh City Hall to discuss cooperation. Thereby, Vannak Seng, General Secretary of Phnom Penh Capital Administration, introduced about challenges in regard of sustainable urban development. Rolf Messerschmidt, CEO of EMP, introduced the Ecocity Transition Lab as tool to develop criteria towards sustainable urban development.

Read here for more information on this event

26 November 2019

Successful Build4People project launch & conference

The main objective of this conference was to introduce about the innovative long-term Build4People project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. It was attended by about 120 people from leading government agencies such as Phnom Penh Capital Administration, from representatives of the corporate sector such as from innovative architecture firms and from representatives of all major universities of Cambodia, first to be mentioned the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Read here for more information on this event

23 November 2019

Publication of the first video clip introducing the Build4People project


This clip introduces the project “Build4People: Sustainable Buildings for People – Enhancing Quality of Urban Life in Cambodia” funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It has been produced by the Phnom Penh based company Studio4 under the guidance of the University of Hamburg.

17 November 2019

Presentation “Copenhagenize Hamburg – Jan Gehl’s Vision of a City for People”

As part of an event series called “Lecture for All” as part of the 100th birthday of the University of Hamburg I gave a presentation about “Copenhagenize Hamburg – Jan Gehl’s Vision of a City for People” at a neighbourhood cultural centre in the North-West of Hamburg. Thanks to the amazing audience, I  witnessed a very lively and vibrant discussion. #brakula #copenhagenizehamburg

06 November 2019

Publication of the first video clip showing the project progress of our BMBF-funded CAMaRSEC-project.

 

This clip documents our starter conference & the inauguration of the Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in Vietnam (CCSB-VN) at NUCE.
It has been produced by the environmental NGO GreenID under the guidance of the University of Hamburg represented by Ms. Carolin Pleines and me.

 

05 November 2019

Opening of the exhibition “Urban Change in Vietnam – Việt Nam trong quá trình biến đổi đô thị” at Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

The exhibition “Urban Change in Vietnam” has also been published online at flickr.

04 November 2019

Meeting with Phnom Penh City Hall representatives in the context of the Build4People project

01 November 2019

Keynote speech at ICBM2019 Conference, Hanoi

10 October 2019

Opening of the Competence Centre for Sustainable Building Việt Nam (CCSB-VN)

As part of the starter conference of the BMBF funded CAMaRSEC project (Climate-Adapted Material Research for the Socio-Economic Context of Vietnam) on 10 October 2019, I had the honour to officially open the Competence Centre for Sustainable Building Việt Nam (CCSB-VN) together with the Vice-Rector of the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) in Hanoi.

01 October 2019

Kick-off Meeting of Build4People Project at Hamburg University

From 30 September to 2 October the Germany-based Build4People project members met for a kick-off workshop at the University of Hamburg. The group was joined by Dr Heike Bauer and Thilo Ringler from the DLR Project Management Agency.

As project manager I presented the project approach and gave an update on recent activities, including recent research visits and bi-lateral discussions with the Cambodian partners.

The local project coordinator Dr Susanne Bodach informed the researchers on the latest developments in Cambodia and about relevant stakeholders in Phnom Penh.

The research partners furthermore discussed future research activities, data management and a joint publication strategy.

30 September 2019

Homepage of Build4People project published

I am very glad, that the homepage of our BMBF funded Build4People project went online: build4people.org

27 September 2019

Presentation at the EU funded Hamburg Climate Week

Happy to present at EU funded Hamburg Climate Week about the topic “Copehagenize Hamburg?” at Hamburg Rathausmarkt.

23 September 2019

Issue No. 52 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

06 June 2019

Job offer: CAMaRSEC project / expert on sustainable building / urban development

I am currently looking for a research associate (TVL 13; 70% part-time) from 01 August 2019.

The position is part of the project “Climate-Adapted Material Research for the Socio-Economic Context of Vietnam – Enabling Research and Development for Sustainable Buildings in the socio-economic context of Vietnam (CAMaRSEC)”. This research project (support code: 01LZ1804B) is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Leader of the consortium: Dr. Dirk Schwede / University of Stuttgart. I am recognized research partner within this project and leader of the sub-project 2 with the title: “socio-economic dimension / governance of sustainable building / impact management”. Main local partners are the National University of Civil Engineering (Trường Đại học xây dựng, NUCE) and the Vietnamese Institute of Building Materials (Viện Vật liệu xây dựng, VIBM), both based in Hanoi and the Ton Duc Thang University (Đại học Tôn Đức Thắng, TDTU) based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Detailed information on the job offer (in German language only)

Application deadline is 24 June 2019.

30 April 2019

Job offer: Build4People project / expert on sustainable urban development

I am currently looking for a research associate (TVL 13; 60%-65% part-time) from 01 August 2019.

The position is part of a long-term interdisciplinary research project funded by the BMBF on “Build4People: Sustainable Buildings for People – Improving Urban Quality of Life in Cambodia” (project flyer). The overall project examines and promotes the development of sustainable buildings as well as concepts for sustainable urban development from a people-centered perspective. Work Package 6 explores the topic of “Sustainable Urban Transformation” through analytical governance approaches, with the aim of contributing to improving the urban quality of life of Phnom Penh’s citizens.

Tasks:

  • Conceptualization of the “Sustainable Urban Transformation” and application to the Southeast Asian context.
  • Carrying out media analyzes, interviews and expert discussions.
  • Use of stakeholder and analytical governance approaches.
  • Participation in the planning, implementation and documentation of interdisciplinary round-table workshops and conferences in the project region.
  • Participation in a Green School Demonstration Project in Phnom Penh focusing on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Participate in capacity development at the local cooperation partner, the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
  • Publication of research results in basic reports for the grantor, in scientific journals and other relevant public ations; presentation of results at scientific conferences.

Due to the duration of the first project phase, the position will be limited until 31.12.2020. It is desired that the employee seeks a PhD in a cooperative process.

Application deadline is 22 May 2019.

More information on the job offer (in German language only)

08 March 2019

Issue No. 51 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

03 March 2019

The exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” is shown at Buxtehude

From 04 – 15 March 2019, the exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” will be shown at Halepaghen-Schule (Konopkastraße 5, 21614 Buxtehude) in Buxtehude / Lower Saxony. Much thanks to the teacher Manuela Holzmüller for organizing this.

29 January 2019

The exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” is shown at Neustadt in Holstein and at Marne

From 01 – 23 February 2019, the exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” will be shown at the Municipal Library of Neustadt in Holstein. From 02 – 23 March 2019, it will be shown at the local museum (Heimatmuseum) of Marne. Thanks to Peter Schlieper of German-Chinese Friendship Society in Oldenburg for organizing this.

Some impressions of the poster exhibition “Chinas Metropolen im Wandel” shown at the Municipal Library of Neustadt in Holstein in February 2019

Source of all photos: © Peter Schlieper 2019