Thu Duc City established as Ho Chi Minh city’s new Innovation District

In an exciting move by the Vietnamese National Assembly, a new municipality has just been established in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Thu Duc City is the city’s new Innovation District, merging Districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc. The master plan for Thu Duc City is being developed by enCity in partnership with Sasaki, after winning the 2019 competition with a proposal for a Highly Interactive Innovation District (HIID). 

The team has worked closely with the HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture to plan the development of the district. The final report was submitted in September 2020, and approved by the Standing Committee of Vietnam’s National Assembly this month. The district will have a population of over 1 million and contribute 7% of Vietnam’s national GDP, as projected by Le Vinh Tan, Minister for Internal Affairs. 

“We are very excited by this bold step from the Vietnamese government” shared Dzung Do Nguyen, enCity’s Group Managing Director. “The formation of a new city will create a consolidated government body to oversee the development of the innovation district. We look forward to working with the HCMC city government to roll out an inclusive and strategic planning process that engages local communities and enables innovation and entrepreneurship in the area”.

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Key planning criteria for Thu Duc city by enCity and Sasaki