Charrette September

Charrette Pilot districts

The third Charrette of the HCMC project was held during the September mission. This Charrette included of a field trip to district Nha Be and district 4 (pilot areas) and three workshop days. At the Charrette various stakeholders from the working groups, departments, districts, universities and institutes were present.

The Charrette started with presentations by the districts of Nha Be and district 4 on their Master Plans. The presentations gave an good overview of the future prospective of these districts. After the presentations the stakeholders and the Dutch experts went on a field trip to visit both districts.

The Saigon Premier Container Port (SPCT) was the first place in district Nha Be being visited. This is a new port located in the Hiep Phuoc commune, and plans exist to expand in the future. After visiting the port the north of district Nha Be was next on the program. Most of the land in this part of the district is in agriculture use at this moment. In these areas it is possible to see how the natural soil and water system of Ho Chi Minh City functioned before it was urbanized. This area is characterized by numerous creeks and lowlands, which floods during high tide. In Nha Be also many shrimp farms are present. Most houses established in the area are to a certain level adapted to flooding, for example by elevating the ground floor or closing off doorways.

In the afternoon the group went to district 4, which is an existing urban area with a high density. The area along the Saigon River in district 4 currently consists of a port which will be relocated and re developed. In the present situation it is notable that there is no relation between the water and the residential area located behind the port, it is not possible to see the water. The most characteristic in district 4 is the street life, this is for example observed from the fact that there are many restaurants on the street.

The three days Charrette focussed on applying the draft strategy developed in July on the two pilot areas. By applying the strategy on district level lessons were learned to further strengthen the strategy. The current qualities of the pilot areas and the Master Plans were identified, the group explored the climate related challenges in the districts and climate adaptations measures were tested. Result of the Charrette is an elaboration of the strategy on the district and parcel level.