25 January 2017
Poster Exhibition 2017: Results of Field Trip “Sustainable Development & Climate Change in Vietnam & Cambodia”
This poster exhibition is showing the results of the field trip “Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Vietnam & Cambodia” during summer term 2016. The field trip took place from 18 September 2016 – 04 October 2016. The sites visited have been Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam‘s first mega city and its most dynamic and most globalised urban space, Phnom Penh, Cambodia‘s capital city, the Mekong Delta, the rice bowl of Vietnam, and Phu Quoc which shall be developed into a major tourism hub of Southeast Asia. All those areas have in common that they already are and will be even more affected by global climate change including extreme weather events. Altogether four working groups investigated aspects of adaptation, mitigation, urban livability and sustainable tourism in cooperation with students from Faculty of Geography of Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The exhibition will be shown from 26 January till 10 February 2017 at the ground floor of the Department of Geography at Göttingen University.
- View all posters of this exhibition on flickr
07 November 2016
Poster Exhibition: Chinatime Hamburg 2016: Chinas Metropolen im Wandel: Die Zweite Transformation (变化中的中国都市) – 7th updated edition
Die Ausstellung ist Bestandteil der Veranstaltungsreihe „Chinatime Hamburg 2016“, organisiert vom Senat der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg. Sie wird am Geomatikum der Universität Hamburg (Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg) vom 7. November bis 2. Dezember 2016 ausgestellt.
31 October 2016
Issue No. 46 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published
The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.
14 September 2016
Lauching event of new book publication “TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City – Edition 2017” on 09 October 2016
The third updated edition of “TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City” will be presented during a matinee event at Salon Van Hoa Ca Phe Thu Bay in TP. Hồ Chí Minh on 09 October 2016. Host is the Goethe-Institut Vietnam. Dr. Đỗ Phú Hưng, Dean of Faculty of Urban Planning at Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture will give a guest lecture about the topic “Challenges for sustainable urban development in Vietnam”.
Photo book “TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City”- 3rd edition 2017″, direct link to:
Báo điện tử Xây dựng Newspaper, 14 October 2016: Tiến sĩ Michael Waibel và cuốn sách “TP. Hồ Chí Minh MEGA City – Edition 2017”.
Xay Dung E-Newspaper, 14 October 2016: Interviewing the author of TP. Hồ Chí Minh MEGA City – Edition 2017.
20 June 2016
Acknowledgement by German Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF)
2016: Certificate to honour 25 successful activities within the Science Year 2015 „Future of the City“, organized by the German Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF)
08 April 2016
The new publication “Đà Nẵng: COASTAL City” is out
Developed in joint cooperation with Goethe-Institut Vietnam, the main aim of this publication is to visualize recent urban change of the coastal city of Da Nang, the most dynamic economic hub of Central Vietnam. Given the rich cultural heritage found in the surrounding areas of Hoi An, Hue, the Marble Mountains and My Son are also being covered. The contents and format of this book builds upon the first two successful photo books of this series ‘TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City’ (2014) and ‘Hà Nội: CAPITAL City’ (2015).Through our five chapters, we approach the city from various distances and by means of different topics. With our first chapter we show you spectacular views from above; we introduce you, in another chapter, to some of the urban citizens of Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue, bring you into their private living environments, and share some details about their life. The chapter ‘Change over Time’ illustrates the massive changes the physical fabric has experienced in the past 25 years. Approximately 600 images invite you to explore the many facets of the whole of Central Vietnam. In addition to the visual illustrations, this publication has assembled some essays by local residents.The editor would like to express his sincere gratitude to each person who contributed photographs or essays, as well as the translators and copy editors who gave their time and effort. I am particular grateful to Thomas Weingärtner and to Robert Kramreiter from Hoi An. Both were invaluable sources of information, provided access to their personal network and contributed many photos. My biggest thanks are dedicated to Astrid Schulz, a professional photographer from London. In summer 2015 she travelled to Vietnam for more than five weeks to do her unique people portraits. Astrid did this for the third time already without demanding any honorarium. And finally my thanks go to the Goethe-Institut and to AUDI Vietnam which have generously supported the successful development of this publication.
- PR-card of photo book “Đà Nẵng: COASTAL City”
- Launching event of the photo book „Đà Nẵng: COASTAL City“, General Scientific Library of Da Nang City / Vietnam, 28 March 2016
- Launching event of the photo book „Đà Nẵng: COASTAL City“, Goethe Institute Hanoi / Vietnam, 29 March 2016
- VTV4, 06 April 2016: Ra mắt sách ảnh “Đà Nẵng – Thành phố biển”
- VTV4, Culture Mosaic, 22 April 2016: Feature “Vietnam’s urbanisation seen through foreign eyes” (min 13:04-22:33).
- Saigoneer, 06 April 2016: ‘Da Nang: COASTAL City’ – Change Over Time
- Bao Xay Dung, 02 April 2016: The book “Da Nang: Coastal City”: Amazing love
- Voice of Vietnam (VOV), 01 April 2016: Goethe Institute releases 3rd photo book on Vietnam
- Saigoneer, 30 March 2016: ‘Da Nang: COASTAL City’ – Views From Above.
- Order the “Đà Nẵng: COASTAL City”-publication at amazon web-site (amazon.de)
20 February 2016
Special Issue of the journal “Geographische Rundschau” 2-2016
The February issue of the journal Geographische Rundschau (Westermann Publishing House) ist out dealing with countries of former Indo-China. I was selected as moderator of this issue. Topics covered deal with sustainable urban development, land grabbing, tourism development and ecological problem of shrimp-farming.
02 December 2015
Publication “Sustainable Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Policies for Emerging Mega Cities” published through Springer
Finally, a publication is out, showing key results of our project “Integrative Adaptation Planning Framework for Climate Urban Environment of Ho Chi Minh City – Sustainable Strategies for Energy- and Climate-Efficient and Housing Typologies for Mega-Cities of Tomorrow” . This project got funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) within the funding programme “Research for the Sustainable Development of the Megacities of Tomorrow – Energy- and climate-efficient structures in urban growth centres”.
Katzschner, A., Waibel, M., Schwede, D., Katzschner, L., Schmidt, M., Storch, H. (Eds.) (2015) Sustainable Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Policies for Emerging Mega Cities. Springer Publishing House. ISBN: 978-3-319-0414-3.
15 October 2015
Funding support of poster exhibition “Chinas Metropolen im Wandel” from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the Science Year 2015 “City of the Future”
The 6th edition of the poster exhibition “Chinas Metropolen im Wandel: Die Zweite Transformation” has received a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the Science Year 2015 with the topic “City of the Future”. For the first time China is the partner country of this initiative. Through the federal funding altogether 24 schools will receive the opportunity to exhibit the posters and to invite the curator Dr. Michael Waibel to give an introductory presentation at no costs for them.
Annoucement at the web-site of the Science Year 2015, 29 October 2015: Ausstellung „Chinas Metropolen im Wandel“: Schulen in Hamburg und Niedersachsen können Ausstellung und Einführungsvortrag zu „Chinas Metropolen im Wandel“ kostenlos buchen.
29 September 2015
Issue No. 44 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published
The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.
24 September 2015
The photo book “Hà Nội: CAPITAL City” receives the 2015 “Bùi Xuân Phái – Love for Hanoi”-Award
It is a great pleasure and honour to announce that the “Hà Nội: CAPITAL City” photo book has received the 2015 “Bùi Xuân Phái – Love for Hanoi”-Award in the category “Best Works” on 23 September.
Since 2008, the Newspaper Sports & Culture of Vietnam News Agency, together with the descendants of Vietnam’s most famous painter Bùi Xuân Phái, award this prize to projects which are dedicated to increase awareness and to contribute to the beauty of Hanoi City. I am the first German to receive this prestigious award.
More information see: http://thethaovanhoa.vn/buixuanphai/home.htm
- VTV1-report (Cuộc Sống Thường Ngày) about the book on YouTube from 3 October 2015 (starting at about min 3:30)
24 June 2015
Photo books now available at Amazon
After the container shipping from Vietnam has arrived at Hamburg, our photo books are now available via amazon. Thanks to Mr. Juergen Braunbach from Schenker Vietnam for supporting us in terms of transportation.
Photo book “Hà Nội: CAPITAL City” (1st ed.), direct link to:
Photo book “TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City” (2nd ed.), direct link to:
06 June 2015
Interview published at magazine Saigon Times Weekly
- Download pdf-file of this interview
11 May 2015
Exhibition about creative and cultural urban spaces in Chinese cities shown at Konfuzius-Institut Bremen
From 11 May 2015 on, 16 posters about creative and cultural urban spaces in Chinese cities as part of the exhibition “Chinese Cities in Transition” are shown at Konfuzius Institut Bremen. I will give a presentation there on 27 May 2015. To get more information on that pls. have a look at the web-site of Konfuzius Institut Bremen.