Photo book "HCMC-Mega City" to be introduced nationwide

The Goethe Institute in HCMC said the book launching event and expert talk about Ho Chi Minh City - the challenges for sustainable urban development in Vietnam will be held in HCMC on October 9 at 19B Pham Ngoc Thach, district 3.

Ho Chi Minh City, the economic hub and biggest urban agglomeration of Vietnam has recently emerged as the country’s first mega city. The vibrant metropolis is rapidly changing against the backdrop of globalization, but has preserved an almost rural character in many of its small alleys. The photo book "HCMC-Mega city" takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the familiar and lesser-known aspects of this bustling city to witness its vibrancy and dynamic changes of the past years.
More than 20 people have contributed to this publication, among them several innovative Vietnamese architecture firms, which have recently erected aesthetically pleasing buildings following the principles of green architecture. Those buildings are a specific contribution to sustainable urban development and hopefully serve as inspirations for others.
The large format publication with more than 450 photos is published in two languages Vietnamese and English and targeting a wide audience. Through various chapters, it tries a holistic approach and to grasp the mega city in its whole spatial and social bandwidth.
The editor Dr Michael Waibel is researching, teaching and leading projects about urban development at the Department of Geography of Hamburg University. Since 20 years, he has been doing research about Vietnam.
A more academic input will be provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Urban Planning of Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture, Dr. Hung Do Phu, who will give a talk about challenges of sustainable urban development in Vietnam.

The book has been officially endorsed by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, the National University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese-German University and the Southern Sub-Institute for Spatial Planning, among other. 

By Hanh Thu

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