“I was working with the Hue University or Forestry and Rural Development in Việt Yên , a rural district in northeast Vietnam, for Field Work Term. A few of their students had done research on the boat people living in and around the city of Hue. That research was the starting point for me to investigate the urban planning that was being done for the resettlement sites that they were moving into. The people I was interviewing were a mix of Sampan people (people still living on house boats, colloquially known as “boat people”) and those who had already moved to resettlement sites. I also interviewed government officials who had been involved in the resettlement process.
“I recorded quite a bit of spatial information at all sites that covered the layout of houseboats, resettlement sites and houses within resettlement sites. I wrote up an analysis on the resettlement process and design of the sites and houses. The findings in the analysis led me to make a design proposal for one of the largest and most recently settled sites - Phu Mau. The drawings and model here are of the Phu Mau Community Center proposal, which consists of a performance space and a coffee shop (a common gathering place in Vietnamese culture), connected by a footbridge.”
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