RMIT Landscape Architecture Design students and faculty in Ho Chi Minh City

Professor Gael McDonald, President of RMIT Vietnam and Professor Joerg Rekittke, Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture standing by their respective students and faculty members at the RMIT Vietnam Campus. (Photo by Yazid Ninsalam)

Professor Gael McDonald, President of RMIT Vietnam and Professor Joerg Rekittke, Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture standing by their respective students and faculty members at the RMIT Vietnam Campus. (Photo by Yazid Ninsalam)

In 2016 Vietnamese local media reported that Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which has a population of 8 million, had 7.43 million motorbikes. RMIT Landscape Architecture Design students and faculty are now using HCMC as a testing ground to understand the role and impact of motorcycles as a personal mobility device that shapes the landscape of the megacity. This March, 6 faculty and 73 students from the RMIT Melbourne travelled to Ho Chi Minh City for a 10-day field trip that consists of three design studio projects, namely: ‘Atmospheres and Comfort’ in the BLAD, ‘Walking City’ and ‘Motorcycle City’ that are undertaken by the MLA program. The design research studios will provide greater understanding of the various instances of the urban landscape condition at varied scales. Methodologies deployed during the work include the use of mobile devices and apps, video and terrestrial and aerial imagery, and sensors that record atmospheric conditions.

The RMIT Melbourne team includes Professor Joerg Rekittke and Dr Yazid Ninsalam (Motorcycle City); Dr Charles Anderson and Mr Lukas Pauer (Walking City); Dr Heike Rahmann and Mr Brent Greene (Atmospheres and Comfort). Much appreciated support has been provided by the RMIT Vietnam team: Professor Rick Bennett, Associate Professor Gretchen Wilkins, Mr Andrew Stiff, Ms Phan Nguyen Thanh Tra, and 39 RMIT Vietnam student volunteers. Special thanks to Mr Hoanh Tran and Mr Archi Pizzini from HTA + Pizzini Architects, Vietnam for their assistance.  

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