Insight on enCity’s Winning Projects at 7th SIP Planning Awards 2021

Held bi-annually, SIP (Singapore Institute of Planners) Planning Awards recognize urban planners and consultancy firms in Singapore and beyond for their excellence in urban planning. This year, enCity received three awards including a Silver Award and 2 Special Mention Awards. The Awards Presentation Ceremony was held in Singapore and live-streamed for overseas viewers on 16th September 2021.

Ho Chi Minh City Highly Innovative and Interactive District (HIID) – Silver

enCity and Sasaki’s Highly Interactive & Innovative District (HIID) was awarded Silver in the category of Excellence in Planning > 5000ha. This international award is the second for HIID, which also won Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020.

In order to create an innovative and highly interactive urban area on the basis of three existing eastern districts, enCity and Sasaki’s proposal was to focus resources on two development belts for Innovation and Production, linked by three transportation axes and an on-demand transit system connected to Metro No. 1.

The transformation of an already developed area into a smart and innovative city is a challenge. The judges highly appreciate the project’s fresh planning ideas which were developed in cooperation with stakeholders, and function at multiple scales to promote connectivity, innovation, glocal characteristics, wellness, and resilient & sustainable development.

Innovation hotspots in the project

The plan established innovation hotspots linked to three innovative clusters, located on the intersections of the two development belts and three transportation axes, forming an integrated creative ecosystem. The judges cited that this is a well-presented project which will serve for implementing the proposal on ground.

Here are enCity’s award submission boards for HIID project:

Ben Tre Strategic Vision Plan – Special Mention

In the same category, Ben Tre Strategic Vision Plan was awarded a Special Mention. This result is thanks to the cooperation between enCity and Roland Berger to transform Ben Tre into a green livable city that harmonizes development with nature, with a sustainable economic development based on the existing agricultural strengths of the city.

Ben Tre’s Land Use Proposal in 2045

The judges recognized enCity and Roland Berger’s strategic solutions in spatial development, land use and infrastructure planning and climate change adaptation. The Planning emphasizes on the province’s strengths and assets, its climate resilience and water management strategy, and its sensitivity to the unique and diverse settlement morphologies while creating new growth opportunities.

In addition, the plan addresses a significant number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is well presented with good graphics, cited the judges.

Our submission boards for Ben Tre Strategic Vision Plan:

North Dalat District – Special Mention

Last but not least, in the category of Excellence in Urban Design, Placemaking and Public Space, enCity’s North Dalat District was awarded a Special Mention. This project also won Future Project of the Year at the Ashui Awards in 2020.

With the vision of celebrating local heritage and healing nature, North Dalat District is a project that strikes a balance between environmental preservation, cultural awareness, and economic development.

enCity’s solutions emphasize celebrating local heritage and healing nature

The project was awarded for its use of the natural topography to create a unique urban environment that thrives in tandem with the natural ecological and hydrological system of the site, while being sensitive to its existing infrastructure, respecting local identity and heritage and creating harmony between new and old. The judges cited that the plan proposes new buildings of scale that are sensitive to the existing low-rise buildings. It also interweaved the circulation and public space network into the steep valley-like land profile.

The project also focuses on restoring lost natural elements such as waterways, natural lakes and native pine forests, carried out with much respect to the heritage and the local identity.

North Da Lat District – enCity award submission board

These prestigious awards have affirmed enCity’s brand in the international industry of urban development. Our goal is to work with governments and investors to create smart and livable cities in Asia and around the world.

Huong Ly