Int’l conference talks Southeast Asian urbanism to address global warming


HCM City (VNA) – Domestic and foreign researchers and experts in urban architecture, planning, and development sought ways to harmoniously integrate urban architecture and the natural environment at an international conference in Ho Chi Minh City on May 29-30.

A panel discussion at the conference. (Photo: VNA)
A panel discussion at the conference. (Photo: VNA)

The “Southeast Asian Urbanisms to Address Global Warming” conference was held by the University of Economics HCM City in coordination with the University of Architecture HCM City, and Belgium’s KU Leuven University.

It brought together delegates from host Vietnam and foreign countries like Belgium, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Cambodia.

The conference offered an opportunity for the experts to seek new approaches in settling challenges to social ecology, according to Professor, Dr. Su Dinh Thanh, Rector of the University of Economics HCM City.

Professor Kelly Shannon from KU Leuven University emphasized some Southeast Asian bodies of water and large cities such as HCM City, Bangkok, and Jakarta are increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise and saltwater instruction.

Given global warming, the professor said cooperation between Vietnamese universities and their regional counterparts should contribute to efforts in response to the phenomenon.

During the two-day conference, the participants focused on the topics of water urbanism, forest urbanism, and urban countryside/metropolis./.


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