Resilient Housing Design Competition 2013. Da Nang, Vietnam
By: Kate Hawley, Research Associate ISET-International
Da Nang Technical University participants from the first round of the design competition presented their housing designs to the judging panel. We saw many innovative ideas, and were very impressed by the presentations.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tung, an architect at TT Arch Company, shares his team’s flood and storm resistant designs entries that were selected for the second round.
La Van Son, Hue University Architecture student, shares the story of his father’s death in the 1990 floods in Hue. This traumatic event has fueled his interest in designing storm resistant homes and enthusiasm for the design competition.
Le Hai An, a young architect of Hue Urban Planning Institute, describes how his designs employ stilts to withstand high flood waters, and protect household assets.
Design Competition participants tour the Hoa Chau ward and see just how high the flood levels have been (right hand photo).
In our second site visit to Hoa Hiep Bac ward, along Da Nang’s Northern coastline, we saw houses that have endured storms and floods for years.
During typhoons Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tung explains a technique used to secure roofs to houses. Ropes are secured to roof, and anchored to the ground.
The design competition participants gathered on the beach after a long day of site visits to discuss what they have learned and how the site visits will influence their next round of designs.
“This is the 2007 flood level,” explained Mr. Cao Giang Nam, a lecturer from Da Nang Architectural University. As I looked up, I realized the flooding level in Hoa Chau ward was taller than me, exceeding my height at 170cm. “How is this possible?” I ask myself. “How does someone actually survive flood waters taller than 170cm?” These questions continue to fill my head as we walk the roads of the Hoa Chau ward.
Many factors contribute to flooding in this area (and always seems the case). However, the City of Da Nang has put infilling measures into practice very actively over the last few years. Infilling, in the case of Da Nang, means that soil from the nearby mountains are transported to this coastal city and piled high in certain areas throughout the city to create higher ground for the building of commercial and residential areas. The water has to go somewhere, right? Apparently, it goes here.