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Re-imagining Boeng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh

Re-imagining Boeng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh

This thesis takes Phnom Penh, Cambodia as the study site to explore the opportunities of inserting ‘farming’ into the ‘urban field’, which will yield new forms of space that keep greens and agriculture in densely populated area (urban farming).

That the urban expansion and the agricultural growth compete limited land is a quite normal modern experience. Recent alarms of energy crisis and food crisis make ‘farming’ a hot issue once again. As a part of the rising of Asia phenomena, Southeast Asia has become a new favorite for the global capitalists, which will conceivably endanger its long tradition of living with waters that shapes unique living style and flourished agriculture.
Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is a watershed place where three rivers, Tonlé Sap, Mekong and Bassac converge. With abundant natural resources and geographical convenience in the region, Phnom Penh becomes the city that is prone to such dangers. As oppose to those commercialist plans, this design scheme offers a vision about the development of Boeng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh that inculcates the idea of Vertical Farm and related Green technologies.
By creating new urban experiences, new work opportunities for those lakeshore slum residents, and perhaps new city icons, this study speculates also a new way of urban renaissance. Keywords: Southeast Asia, Urban Farming, Vertical Farm, Urban Renaissance, Green technologies.


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