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19 November 2020

Radio interview in the context of housing in Hamburg and discussion of potential consequences of the corona pandemic

On the occasion of the theme week “How to live in Hamburg – today and in the future” of the Northern German Broadcasting (NDR), Dr. Stefanie Kley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Hamburg and I discuss questions of housing in Hamburg in times of the global corona pandemic. The interview was moderated by Stefanie Wittgenstein.

31 October 2020

Issue No. 54 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

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

30 October 2020

Khmer language edition of Build4People exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” published

I am proud to announce that the Khmer language edition of Build4People exhibition on “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” has been published online at flickr.

Past project experience has shown that by means of the use of Khmer language a much larger audience can be reached and be made aware of issues of sustainability. This is particularly the case among staff of lower urban administration levels and among wide parts of urban population not being experts in the field of sustainable construction and sustainable urban planning.

This trans-disciplinary effort has been made possible through the main local project management partner of the Build4People project, the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS) led by Dr Tep Makathy.

Download the whole poster-exhibition as a PDF-file (21,2 MB)

10 September 2020

First Editorial Meeting to develop the Handbook for Smart Green Housing, Energy Efficiency, Durability and Health


Hamburg University as sub-project leader within the BMBF funded CAMaRSEC project invited to the first editorial meeting to develop the Handbook for Smart Green Housing, Energy Efficiency, Durability and Health. Participants of this online-meeting were representatives from the consortial leader, Stuttgart University, the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi and from Tôn Đức Thắng University in Ho Chi Minh City. The Handbook for Smart Green Housing, Energy Efficiency, Durability and Health shall reach out to a wide audience and inform on sustainable solutions in the field of housing. The meeting serves to collect ideas, to develop a content structure and to distribute tasks. The final product shall be published in July / August 2021.

18 August 2020

Stellenangebot für Studentische Hilfskraft: CAMaRSEC & Build4People

Zur Unterstützung zweier vom BMBF geförderter Forschungsprojekte in Vietnam (CAMaRSEC: https://www.bmbf-client.de/projekte/camarsec) und in Kambodscha (Build4People: https://build4people.org/) wird ab sofort eine Studentische Hilfskraft gesucht. Bei beiden Projekten geht es um die Förderung nachhaltiger Stadtentwicklung, nachhaltiger Gebäude und die Stärkung der städtischen Lebensqualität.

Aufgaben:

  • Assistenz bei der Literatur- und Medienrecherche
  • Einpflegen von Material in die Literaturdatenbank Citavi (nach Einarbeitung)
  • Erstellung von graphischen Illustrationen für Publikationen (nach Einarbeitung)
  • Assistenz bei der Konzeption und Durchführung von Wissenschaftskommunikation über Social-Media-Kanäle (u.a. Facebook, Instagram und YouTube)
  • allgemeine Unterstützung bei Projektmanagementaufgaben

Gesucht wird eine motivierte Person mit Interesse an der südostasiatischen Region und an Fragen von städtischer Nachhaltigkeit und städtischer Lebensqualität.

Umfang: 32 Stunden pro Monat

Einstellungsbeginn: idealerweise ab 01. Oktober 2020

Ansprechpartner für Rückfragen:

Dr. Michael Waibel
Institut für Geographie

31 July 2020

Submission of Build4People project proposal – RD phase

On 31 July 2020, our Build4People team successfully submitted the project proposal for the upcoming four-year Research and Development phase with the title “Build4People: Enhancing Quality of Life through Sustainable Urban Transformation”.
Based on our experiences of the ongoing Definition phase and intensive internal discussions, we have been able to refine our approach and to develop a comprehensive research design with a sequence of three research phases:

  1. societal and scientific problem-based research,
  2.  transdisciplinary action research, and finally
  3. reflection, refinement and re-integration of created knowledge.

The graph above gives an overview of the proposed Build4People consortium structure of the RD phase with all research, implementation and dissemination partners.

22 July 2020

Invitation as Keynote Speaker at Vietnam Energy Summit 2020

I am feeling very much honored, that I got invited to join the Vietnam Energy Summit 2020 as a key note speaker. This event has been labeled High-Level Forum disseminating the Politburo’s Resolution No. 55 on the Orientation of Viet Nam’s National Energy Development Strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2045. The title of my presentation is: “Energy Efficiency & Conservation in Buildings in Vietnam: Vision, Policies, good Practices and Innovative and Efficient Technologies”.   

24 April 2020

Online Publication of Build4People Poster Exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neigbourhoods”

Very happy, that the final design of the Build4People Exhibition 2020 “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” has been published.

My sincere thanks go to the team of EMP (Eble Messerschmidt & Partner) of WP#3 of the Build4People project for their tremendous efforts!

 

10 April 2020

Publication of 4rth Build4People Video Clip


Proud to announce the publication of the fourth Build4People video clip documenting the successful Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab at Phnom Penh City Hall from 01-06 March 2020. It has been published at Build4People YouTube Channel.

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.

13 March 2020

Presentation at a local school about China’s urban development and related challenges to global sustainability

10 March 2020

Fruitful Build4People Research Workshop at RUPP: Concepts and Measurement of Urban Quality of Life

06 March 2020

Successful Presentation Day of the Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab

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.

Build4People Video Clip: Exhibition Opening “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods”, 03/03/2020 published at Build4People YouTube Channel

03 March 2020

28 February 2020

Issue No. 53 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

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

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.