enCity leader discusses satellite city development with Reatimes
11.2019: Hanoi (Vietnam) – enCity’s Founder and Group Managing Director- Mr. Nguyen Do Dzung was interviewed by Reatimes.vn (Vietnam Real Estate Online Magazine) on how to increase the attractiveness of satellite cities to citizens and investors, as well as how to effectively moderate urban population. Developing satellite cities, or new townships in general, has long been given deep thought and concern by enCity experts.
Starting from the backlogs of urbanization, Mr. Dzung mentioned the basic factors to create a liveable city – one that can attract people to come to live, work and play – and thereby proposed key solutions to the urban population dilemma, which is the key objective of the establishment of satellite cities. Previously, Professor Heng Chye Kiang, enCity’s Senior Advisor, and Mr. Nguyen Do Dzung have also consulted for several satellite city projects, such as Hoa Lac in Hanoiand Binh Duong New City in Binh Duong, and have given specific solutions to each outstanding problem.
For Hoa Lac Satellite City, enCity’s experts proposed a range of solutions to revise the master plan. The most important of which was to consolidate public investments in order to create the critical mass to kick off the project, and to link areas divided by existing highways by a urban roads and public transport. Additionally, the importance of having political leadership to drive the whole project forward was strongly emphasized.
The challenges in Binh Duong New city are different from ones of Hoa Lac. Binh Duong province is already a successful production hub in the South of Vietnam but it still faces difficulty attracting talents due to the lack of an enjoyable living environment. The soul of a city is the citizens with their daily needs: jobs, services, amenities, and transportation modes efficiently connecting these points. During the work for the master plan, professor Heng Chye Kiang proposed a pedestrian-friendly and flexible urban grid and a network of greenery connecting communities with major parks to create a liveable city and a resilient development.