VIETNAM STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Over the past 30 years, Vietnam has undergone a significant level of urbanization. New real estate projects have transformed the urban landscape in many towns and cities across the country. However, they have also presented urban planners with new challenges. Focusing on Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Binh Duong Province, this webinar examines the ways housing typologies, real estate investment and urban policy intersect with the social and morphological aspects of urbanization in these two urban centres. The talk will first discuss the diversity of housing typologies in the region and how they emerged. Using the case studies of Phu My Hung, Thu Thiem and Phu Nhuan, the talk will juxtapose the development of New Urban Areas (NUAs) with that of the more established “ordinary” neighbourhoods and their impacts on HCMC’s urban development. Finally, the webinar will look into how Binh Duong authorities set priorities in their policies on housing development in the province’s NUAs and how investments into these NUAs contribute to the development of the HCMC megapolitan region.
About the Speakers
Erik Harms is Chair of the Council on Southeast Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University.
Pham Thai Son is Senior Lecturer in Urban Economics at Vietnamese-German University (VGU), Binh Duong, Vietnam.