OMGEVING and its partners have been awarded third place in the prestigious international design competition for the master plan of Can Gio, the district south of the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh. The jury chose Nikken Sekkei (Japan) and Aecom (USA) as the respective winner and second-placed participant.
Based on a vision for the entire Can Gio district, which is dominated by the largest Mangrove ecosystem in the region, the urban design for ‘Can Gio Mangrove city’ has been mapped out in the southernmost area of the district. This land reclamation project of 2,800 ha aims to respond to the increasing population growth in the district and the associated damage to the ecosystem and deforestation of the mangroves. The framework of this new urban development is based on the strengthening of the mangrove ecosystem and thus links urban growth to the increase of the natural values. A network of islands provides space for new housing developments, touristic-recreational facilities and new economic activities. The mangrove framework functions as a city-scale natural structure and accommodates park functions, sustainable water transport and local water-related activities.
For the development of the master plan, OMGEVING collaborated with partners Boydens Engineering (Belgium – Vietnam, sustainability), Ney & Partners (Belgium – Vietnam, bridge design), Hydroscan (Belgium, water management) and Van Aelst-Nguyen & Partners (Vietnam, architecture).