SHAPING MOBILITY FOR LIVEABLE AND SOCIAL CITIES

SHAPING MOBILITY FOR LIVEABLE AND SOCIAL CITIES

Client: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Viet Nam | Duration: April 2021 – October 2021 | Location: Hanoi

About: This assignment is an expansion of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Regional Climate and Energy project, which examined four cities Shanghai, Paris, Seoul, and the partner city Hamburg to understand mobility for liveable and social cities. The second phase includes five more cities in Asia including Hanoi city. All these cities are characterized by high population growth, a decreasing mix of uses, long distances especially for lower-income groups, and an overburdened mobility system focused on the car.

The purpose is to assess the mobility system with regard to the social and ecological aspects. The case study to be presented as City Profile highlighting the desired long-term goals, the central challenges, and the preferred solution paths, including description and assessment of focal points, and strategies for mobility. The project aims to foster a social-ecological transformation in Asia by promoting international and domestic climate justice and exploring solutions for a just transition, especially in the energy sector and sustainable cities.

Tasks/Responsibilities: Prepare a case study for Hanoi guided by the Key Performance Indicators for mobility. It involves data collection and desk review to understand the historical, socio-cultural influence of mobility in Hanoi. Identify and assess the key visions, strategy, and urban planning and development policy that are responsible for the current mobility status quo. The output, which is a City Profile focuses on three key areas i) Affordability, availability, and Inclusivity; ii) Safety and Reliability and iii) Ecological Sustainability, Avoidance of traffic, and Internalization of External Costs. It will also highlight an assessment of the liveability, social and ecological significance of mobility in Hanoi. The final report will go as an uptake for the conference proceeding, along with a summary paper and presentation of the case study.

GMS CORRIDOR TOWNS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN QUANG TRI PROVINCE: MASTER PLAN FOR DONG HA CITY (LOAN 2969-VIE)

Client: PMU for GMS Corridor Towns Development | Duration: June 2017 – November 2018 | Location: Vietnam | Associated Consultants: Nippon Koei Vietnam

About: The key objective of this assignment is to adjust the Dong Ha Urban Master Plan to 2030, and Vision for 2050, based on harnessing the advantages of the strategic location of Dong Ha City, maximizing all available development potential and minimizing negative impacts on the economy, environment, and social cohesion.

The 2030 development plan and 2050 development vision are guided by:

  • Development framework based on Sustainable Development Goals

  • Build on ADB’s Green City Approach

  • Adopt the City Development Strategy Approach as developed by Cities Alliance and adopted by ADB

  • Develop Dong Ha as a Smart City

Specific tasks included:

  • The GIS-based survey, mapping, and analysis of the existing situation of the City

  • Develop the Green Urban Development focus, bringing water resource management, infrastructure planning, and open space/ recreational planning

  • Develop in detail for the Area Based Programs with project-specific action being identified and proposed in this Smart City Plan

  • Develop the “GreenStreet” character linking open spaces and water bodies as part of the effort to make Raipur a more attractive, environmentally friendly, and liveable city.

PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN OF BANIHAL TOWN IN JAMMU DIVISION

Client: Town Planning Organization, Jammu, Government of Jammu and Kashmir | Duration: November 2012 – May 2016 | Location: India

About: Raipur, with a population of 10,10,433 (as per the 2011 census), was selected as one of the cities for the Smart City Program in India. The assignment was to join a team appointed by the State Urban Development Authority to develop a revised Smart City Plan that would be accepted by the Government of India, following the norms and procedures outlined by the Ministry of Urban Development. The Smart City Plan was prepared to address the Area Based Schemes and the City-Wide Program. The multi-disciplinary team assembled by SUDA prepared the entire smart city plan and the plan was reviewed and accepted based on the entire participatory process and project design work undertaken by the team.

Specific tasks included:

  • The GIS-based survey, mapping, and analysis of the existing situation of the City

  • Develop the Green Urban Development focus, bringing water resource management, infrastructure planning, and open space/ recreational planning

  • Develop in detail for the Area Based Programs with project-specific action being identified and proposed in this Smart City Plan

  • Develop the “GreenStreet” character linking open spaces and water bodies as part of the effort to make Raipur a more attractive, environmentally friendly, and liveable city.

PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN OF BANIHAL TOWN IN JAMMU DIVISION

Client: ADB | Duration: June 2013 – December 2014 | Location: Vietnam

About: The TA-8314 Green Cities: A Sustainable Urban Future for Southeast Asia was designed to promote a paradigm shift in urban management, development of comprehensive green city action plans and urban management partnerships, and venture into innovative financing modalities for urban infrastructure and services in response to urbanization and environmental challenges in selected cities in Vietnam.  The project work is to be guided by the 3E principle of environment, economics, and equity to assess future spatial development needs, based on a comprehensive urban profile and a multi-criteria priority analysis; a comprehensive understanding of the urban ecological system and land use; GIS-based quantitative decision support systems; and international good practices.

The outcome of the project will be a Green City Action Plan based on the above that addresses a Green City vision with goals, indicators, and timeline for improved livability; a spatial development plan; environment baseline; and a selection of short, medium, and long-term, actions associated with investment plans, socio-economic and environmental benefits, and performance monitoring indicators for achieving green city targets.

Specific tasks included:

  • Development of project overview and engagement with selected cities to collect necessary information and establish City Profile of the selected cities, establish GIS base data for assessment and project identification, and prepared project implementation schedule for the expert team, coordinating work and delivery through weekly progress review calls due to distributed location of experts.

  • Developed urban profile of selected cities based on a review of primary and secondary data, using consultative and participatory means by outlining and evaluating urbanization and environmental trends affecting livability in the cities; current plans, programs (at national or provincial / city level), and indicators (if any) to achieve ‘green’ targets; national policies, legislative and regulatory frameworks for urban planning and land management including mixed land use and densification

  • Assessed the potential for urban renewal to improve resource consumption and energy efficiency by retrofitting buildings (green construction standards and improved building codes); brownfields, including industrial estates, legacy sites, and infill buildings; ‘old’ public buildings and other service infrastructure

  • Developed a future green growth and expansion strategy and comprehensive spatial development plan/ map on a GIS decision support system based on the complete analysis of identified tasks and the inclusion of the spatial urban watershed plan analysis.