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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Autumn
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:

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Key Experience Criteria
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RMIT schools: Architecture and Urban Design Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
Vietnam Motorcycle City
Program Details:
  • Program Leaders:
    • Professor Joerg Rekittke
    • Dr. Heike Rahmann
    • Dr. Charles Anderson
  • Dates: 17 - 28 March 2017
  • Availability: 100 places
  • About 4 million motorcycles dominate the never-stopping traffic flow of the city. Only by a very unconventional and pragmatic way of using the street
    space, and sometimes also the walkways, the city escapes a daily gridlock. Seen from a landscape architect's perspective, Saigon features a unique mix of a walkable city (in the colonial district and, particularly, in the alleyways [H?m]) — and a motor-cycable city. Unexperienced foreigners find themselves widely unable to drive with the massive swarm of motorcyclists, but the ubiquitous motorbike taxis [xe ôm, literally meaning 'hug-vehicle' or 'hug the driver'] make such experience easy and pretty safe.
  • What you will try to find out:
1. What is the street typology, layout and marking of Saigon's streets?
2. How are these streets actually used (in contrast to the foreseen function)?
3. Which of the findings 'have what it takes' to distinguish a 'Future City'?
4. What in Saigon's streetscape could be improved by strategic outdoor design interventions?
  • Further explorations will include mapping the effects of a Motor-Cycle City on air quality and pedestrian movements. The motorcycle itself, in Ho Chi Minh, stands for 'mobility on the main roads' (Studio focus Joerg). Nevertheless, the majority of the city dwellers lives in the narrow back roads, where the motorcycles come to a
    stop, and pedestrian traffic is dominant (Studio focus Charles). Motorcycle traffic is pretty effective regarding distance and speed, but unfortunately one of the most polluting forms of urban traffic — contrasted by the cleaner form of movement, pedestrian traffic. This is where health, living quality versus pollution come into play (Studio focus Heike).

Program Cost:
Cost details will be presented at LA Studio balloting on 21 February 2017.

 
Costs to consider but not limited to:

  • International Airfare to/from the program start and end locations
  • Host country visa (if applicable)
  • RMIT Tuition fees
  • Personal expenses
Eligibility:
  • Only students enrolled in Landscape Architecture Design Studio and Master Project A
Academic Credit (as advised by your RMIT program coordinator):
  • One of the following courses: ARCH 1345 / ARCH1348 / ARCH 1351 / ARCH1353 / ARCH 1355 / ARCH 1358 / ARCH1361 / ARCH 1365
Application process:
  • Ballot for the studio at the LA Program balloting session on 21 February 2017
  • Apply/Register on Mobi by 22 February 2017
Funding:
For the Autumn 2017 term, there are: 5 x $1,000 Mobility Grants.
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Mobility website for funding options.



 


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