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24 December 2021

Merry Christmas 2021 & Happy New Year 2022

16 December 2021

Fruitful MUCE-CAMaRSEC Webinar “Challenges and Opportunities of promoting green buildings in the coastal areas of Central Vietnam – Potentials to cooperate with the CAMaRSEC project”

15 December 2021

Successful Build4People Dissemination Event with Center for Khmer Studies

26 November 2021

Presentations at IFGTM 2021: The 11th International Forum on Green Technology and Management, Can Tho, Vietnam

Today, I was involved in two presentations at IFGTM 2021: The 11th International Forum on Green Technology and Management:

  • Enhancing Quality of Life through Sustainable Urban Transformation in Cambodia: Introduction to Build4People. Accepted Conference Abstract (Authors: Waibel, Michael, Blöbaum, Anke, Matthies Ellen, Schwede Dirk, Messerschmidt Rolf, Mund Jan Peter, Katzschner Lutz, Jayaweera Ravi, Becker Annalena, Karagianni Christina, Lambrecht Oliver, Rivera Marcelo & Sebastian Kupski) at IFGTM 2021: The 11th International Forum on Green Technology and Management, Can Tho, Vietnam, 26 November 2021.
  • Users’ perspectives for sustainable transformation pathways of Vietnam’s building sector. Accepted Conference Abstract (Authors: Nguyen, Thuy, Waibel, Michael. & Paul Andersen) at IFGTM 2021: The 11th International Forum on Green Technology and Management, Can Tho, Vietnam, 26 November 2021.

25 November 2021

 Management of the 2nd Build4People Curriculum Development Summit with representatives of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

On 25 November 2021, I organised the 2nd 2nd Build4People Curriculum Development Summit many inspiring discussions. Counterpart of the Build4People team were representatives of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (FAUP-PUC).

09 November 2021

Chapter Contribution to Country Report on Environmental Policy in Vietnam

Today, I am a bit proud of the publication of a book chapter, both in Vietnamese and English language at as part of a country report on Environmental Policy in Vietnam. It is about the issue of urban heat islands. Against the backdrop of climate change urban heat islands dramatically increase health risks of the urban citizens. Promoting sustainable urban development is one key factor to limit the effects of urban heat islands. Co-author of the chapter is my research associate Nguyen Thu Thuy.

28 October 2021

Presentation at the 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

01 October 2021

Issue No. 56 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

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

29 September 2021

EuroCham Vietnam organizes joint webinar with CAMaRSEC

On 29 September 2021, the Green Growth Sector Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce of Vietnam did organize a joint webinar in cooperation with the CAMaRSEC sub-project team of Hamburg University which was attended by more than 100 participants. For us this was a unique opportunity to reach out to the corporate sector and to discuss questions of green building certifications among others based on a recent large-scale household survey in Hanoi and HCMC coordinated by my team.

28 September 2021

Successful Build4People Research Conference

On 28 September 2021, I coordinated and moderated the Build4People Research Conference reaching out to a wide public. At first, we celebrated the recent signing of a MoU between Phnom Penh Capital Administration and Build4People. Then the envisaged joint activities in this context got introduced. In the second part of the conference we discussed methodological approaches within the Build4People project e.g. citizen science approaches. All in all, it was a great event which showed a strong commitment of local stakeholders.

22 September 2021

EuroCham Cambodia organizes joint webinar with Build4People

On 22 September 2021, the European Chamber of Commerce of Cambodia did organize a joint webinar with Build4People as co-partner. The webinar title was “Green Building Certification as Driver for a Sustainable Transition of the Real Estate Sector”.

Thereby, the focus was on how to raise construction quality through green building certification, an update on what quantifies a healthy & green building and the regional progress of building and neighborhood certification with case studies from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China. In the context of this event I introduced about the overall approach of the Build4People project.

16 September 2021

Participation at TRIALOG Annual Conference 2021

During the session, several projects of the research programme Sustainable Development of Urban Regions (SURE) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) got introduced and their case-study related approaches which highlighted the role of CSOs. In this context, I introduced about the Build4People project.

19 August 2021

Speaker at podcast of the Southeast Asia Globe

cat a podcast has been recently published about “Urban Planning: Building the future of Phnom Penh” at Anakut, the podcast about Cambodia’s future edited by the Southeast Asia Globe. I had the honour to contribute to it as Build4People representative together the General Director of the Centre of Khmer Studies, Dr. Natharoun Ngo.

 

27 July 2021

Speaker at the IEA Regional Training on Low Carbon Buildings

Today, I am very glad to have received the opportunity to join a plenary session as a speaker during a highly insightful webinar organized by International Energy Agency (IEA).

10 June 2021

Build4People Strategic Publication Planning Workshop

Today, I organized the Build4People Strategic Publication Planning Workshop took place. Participants were the German and the Cambodian research team members. This main objective of this event was to discuss and to develop a smart and coherent joint medium and long-term Build4People publication strategy thereby aiming to increase the overall scientific impact of the Build4People project. Another aim was to synchronize the overall Build4People publication strategy with the qualification aims of the emerging scholars of the Build4People team.

04 June 2021

Successful Participation at ASEAN-IEA Webinar „Regulatory Frameworks and the Role of Governments in Buildings Policy Development”, 04 June 2021


Today, I took part in the webinar „Regulatory Frameworks and the Role of Governments in Buildings Policy Development”, hosted by the ASEAN Centre for Energy and organised by the International Energy Agency, the ASEAN Centre for Energy and the ASEAN Secretariat.

The main of this webinar with over 200 participants was to explore best practice for designing and implementing buildings policies for supporting the transition to zero-carbon and sustainable buildings.
In this context I provided insights based on my involvement into the research project Build4People “Enhancing Quality of Life through Sustainable Urban Transformation in Cambodia”.
 

25 May 2021

Press release of Hamburg University to announce start of Build4People Research and Development funded by BMBF

On 25 May 2021, the Office for Public Relations at Hamburg University published an official press release informing the general public and media representatives on the start of the four-year Research and Development phase of the Build4People project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Dr Michael Waibel, Department of Human Geography at Hamburg University.

PDF-link to press release

20 May 2021

Build4People Roundtable Workshop “Discussion of Household Survey Results”

 

18 May 2021

WP6 “Sustainable Urban Transformation” Science Workshop

 

29 April 2021

Introduction of Build4People project at SURE Kick-off Conference

On 29 April 2021, the Kick-off Conference of the Programme “Sustainable Development of Urban Regions” (SURE) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) took place.

As part of this conference all ten funded projects got the chance to introduce about themselves. In the case of Build4People, the consortium leader Dr Michael Waibel provided a concise insight into the rationale, the objectives and the research approaches of this multi- and transdisciplinary project.

15 April 2021

Successful Kick-off Meeting of Build4People RD Phase

Happy about successful Kick-off Meeting of the German Build4People team members to prepare for the 4-year Build4People RD phase which started on 01 April 2021.

13 April 2021

Happy Khmer New Year 2021

As representative of the Build4People team I would like to convey my sincere wishes for a Happy New Khmer Year to all of our Cambodian colleagues, their families and their beloved ones. Stay healthy!

06 April 2021

Issue No. 55 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

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

18 March 2021

Successful CAMaRSEC Status Conference

Successful CAMaRSEC Status Conference, despite some technical difficulties. I think there have been highly interesting presentations with precious insights. Also, the information from the panel discussion panelists have been very interesting and valuable to bring stakeholders and researchers together. I sincerely hope that all of this will support increasing sustainability practices in the Vietnamese building sector. Thanks to all participants and the interest in our joint research. My particular thanks go to the team of VIBM who hosted this event.

26 February 2021

Official notification of funding support of Build4People Research and Development phase (2021-2025)


On 26 February 2021, the Build4People project consortium received official notification of funding support for the Research and Development phase (RD phase) from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The RD phase will run for 48 months, beginning on 01 April 2021. The BMBF has granted 2.95 million Euros in funding support. The total funding expenses of the Build4People project, including own funding contributed by the companies involved, are 3.17 million Euros.

As Build4People consortium leader I am very grateful for this generous support and look forward to a fruitful collaboration with all research, implementation and dissemination partners of the Build4People project.

12 February 2021

Happy New Lunar Year 2021

21 January 2021

Successful Build4People Status Conference

On 21 January 2021, the Build4People Status Conference took place in the presence of H.E. Mr. Nuon Pharat, Vice Governor of Phnom Penh Capital Administration, Vannak Seng, General Director of Phnom Penh Capital Administration, Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia, Dr Heike Bauer, DLR, representative of the German funding agency, Sokhai Nop, General Secretariat of National Council for Sustainable Development, Dr Vanny Sok, Vice-Rector of Royal University of Phnom Penh and many other stakeholders in the field of sustainable urbanization. All in all, the online event was attended by about 100 participants.

The main main of the Build4People Status Conference was to present the research results at the end of the 18-month Definition Phase and to discuss the envisaged activities of the upcoming Research & Development Phase with our partners and further colleagues.

12 January 2021

Fruitful meeting of the CAMaRSEC project team

Fruitful interim online meeting of the CAMaRSEC project – Climate-Adapted Material Research for the Socio-Economic Context of Vietnam, funded within the CLIENT II initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).