Ho Chi Minh City Innovation District proposal is recognized by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards

04.2020 Ho Chi Minh City: enCity is delighted to share that our winning proposal for Ho Chi Minh City’s Highly Interactive and Innovative District (HIID) has been recognized by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020. It has notably received two distinctions: as finalist in the Asia Pacific category, and as honorable mention in the Spaces, Places and Cities category.

As a world-leading media brand for technology, business and design, Fast Company annually honors businesses and organizations that drive change in the world today. The featured projects are carefully selected among thousands of entries by a renowned panel of experts from various fields of innovation. Therefore, it is an honor for enCity and our partner, Sasaki, that the HIID project has been shortlisted as a one of the designs that “make cities and living in them cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.”

Located in the eastern part of Ho Chi Minh City, the planned innovation district is envisioned by Sasaki and enCity as a significant future economic driver for the city and region – connecting research, entrepreneurship, academia, industry, and the local community to create a diverse innovation eco-system. The plan highlights new innovative hotspots linked by a comprehensive transportation system that strengthens the district’s regional connectivity and creates environments that attract talents and foster cross-pollination of ideas. Furthermore, the design is reinforced by a framework of flexible policies that address economic, political and social aspects, ensuring a viable implementation of the proposal.

“We believe that the development potential of Ho Chi Minh City lies on its long history of innovation, inclusive culture, young and creative work force and growth-supportive urban structure,” Dzung Do Nguyen, Group Managing Director of enCity, reflects on the awards. “The recognition of Fast Company magazine for our HIID work celebrates local identity as the driver for change.”

Currently, Sasaki and enCity are working closely with the city’s Department of Planning and Architecture (DPA) in overseeing the next phase of the project – formulating planning and design strategies to engage investors, fuel developments and draft policies. This proves to be an exciting time as Ho Chi Minh City’s potential unfolds with the ushering of an era of digital transformation in today’s rapidly changing world.