Ho Chi Minh Community Design
The Ho Chi Minh Community Design project explored the Participatory Action Research (PAR) process in Phú Xuân, a suburban district in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In this 2-year project, we co-designed a community space and built a design prototype (including the bamboo structure in the image above) in response to the social and environmental issues faced by the local community.
The project’s multidisciplinary team involved three universities – Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), and Van Lang University (VLU) – to work with the Phú Xuân community. I was part of the research and design group from SUTD.
Over two separate trips to Vietnam and monthly design meetings at SUTD, I assisted in:
- Joining interview and survey teams to understand the community (May 2015)
- Conducting co-design workshops with the community and team (May 2015)
- Constructing and revamping the community space (Sep 2015)
Our team and project received the SUTD Humanitarian Award in 2016 which recognises outstanding humanitarian work and collaboration.