“Smart city” – a talk with Prof. Dinh Quoc Phuong about perceptions of different social groups

(1.2020, Hanoi, Vietnam) Architecture, Design Innovation and Human Geography Professor from Swinburne University – Professor Dinh Quoc Phuong – shared with the enCity team about his exciting project in cities of Vietnam, a story of ‘how design meet life’.

This project including: a drawing contest for high-school students in Ho Chi Minh city to explore and elaborate on the idea of a smart city – engaging the youth sector; a workshop with local leaders, experts and consultants to get an understanding of their interest and concern about the subject; and a pilot design project in Hanoi – bringing students from Swinburne University and Hanoi University of Architecture together to study the local context, interview local people, and find innovative spatial solution and design in correspondence to the site’s actual need. With different field of knowledge, habit and culture background, each sector provides different insight, sometimes detail oriented, sometimes big, inspiring vision, maybe once in a while a little bit of individuality and wistful thinking, together they represent the need of communication and collaboration towards a common goal to achieve a holistic approach.

According to Prof. Phuong, the next step is to create a prototype, to bring the idea into real life and see how people actually interact with the physical entity.

This subject strongly tickles our interest. At enCity, we celebrate individuality; real-world, evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to shape better cities; and most of all, we celebrate the effort of transforming the place that we live, breath, share together every day.

Swinburne is recognized as one of the top Art and Design school, and is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia.

Find out more about other works from prof. Phuong at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/health-arts-design/staff/profile/index.php?id=qdinh