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Urban Design Portfolio


NGUYEN THI KIM ANH 112 Do Xuan Hop, Phuoc Long A, District 9, HCMC (+84) 906 694 458



2014 - 2015: Bachelor of Urban Design Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium GPA: 67.14%

2014: - Participating in Intensive Landscape Urbanism Fieldwork/Workshop in Ca Mau, Vietnam, organized by KULeuven (Belgium), AHO (Norway), HCMUARC (Vietnam), SIUP (Vietnam) from 23 February - 7 March.

2011 - 2014: Bachelor of Urban Design Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture, Vietnam 2008 - 2010: Secondary Education Le Hong Phong Highschool, HCMC

LANGUAGES Vietnamese English Korean

Native language IELTS Score 7.0 (achieved in 2014) TOPIK 2 (achieved in 2016)

SKILLS Autodesk AutoCAD Google SketchUp Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Microsoft Word Microsoft Powerpoint Microsoft Excel

OTHER EXPERIENCES April 2016 - now: - Planning and Landscape Architect at B+H Architects. October 2015 - now: - English Teaching Assistant at ILA Vietnam. April 2016 - July 2016: - Architectural Intern at B+H Architects. March 2016: - Structural CAD Drafter at JNP Ltd.,Co 2014: - Recording and editing audio books for blind children at General Sciences Library of Hochiminh City. - Participating in environmental organization Green Step. 2012: - Co-organizing Le Hong Phong Reunion Event. 2011 - 2012: - Recording and co-editing Le Hong Phong Reunion Radio. 2009 - 2010: - Leader of Voice of Le Hong Phong.


January 2015 October 2013

Ba Son Port, HCMC Urban Design for the former port

June 2015

Antwerpen Nieuw Zuid Belgium Activating Strategic Vacant Landscapes

Ca Mau City, Vietnam Structuring Urbanity through Landscape Activation




01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam |

Structuring Urbanity Through Landscape Activation

Embracing - Perpendicular Linear Urban Structure time

4th year (February 2014 - June 2015)


Ca Mau City, Vietnam


Bruno De Meulder, Kelly Shannon, Erik Van Deale, Erik De Deyn

collaboration Analysis phase: Nguyen Phuoc Quy Anh, Nguyen Minh Quang, Tran Hau Thai Tuan Strategic plan design phase: Nguyen Nhat Linh, Le Hoang Khiem, Nguyen Ngoc Khanh Vi

Analysis phase - Undestanding ECOLOGY in relationship with lifestyle in the Mekong Delta It was only a century ago that the whole Ca Mau peninsual was still occupied by vast areas of diverse mangroves forest. However, these have been shrinking significantly thoughout the years, making ways for rice paddies and shrimp ponds due to the changes in residences’ economic activities. The high profit of shrim farming has altered the way people treat their landscape. Breaking salinity preventing dykes, letting salt water come into the land and overusing chemicals on farming ponds are some of the actions that make this Mekong Delta more vulnerable in this sea water rising age. Salt intrusion and fresh water shortage is not only a problematic issue at the delta edges, but become a risk in the regional scale.

Fresh mangrove forest Figure 1 - Changes of fresh and salt mangrove forest from 1917 to 2013


Salt mangrove forest

Figure 2 - Landscape major shilf (at macro scale) from mangrove forest to rice paddies and to shrimp ponds since 1950

Figure 3 - Salt intrusion risk in Ca Mau Peninsula


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam

Figure 4 - Farming diversity as ecological diversity and resilience

The combination of planting and growing fish in the same place and the switch between agriculture and aquaculture seasonally are one of traditional farming methods that help save materials and gain more profit, and to temporily solve the problem of light intrusion in some areas. It is, to some degree, also considered to contribute to ecological balance, resilience and create diverse landscape. However, as this method has not been applied in large scale but each individual household, it has not been considerably effective in both economy and ecology.


Figure 5 - VAC system (Vuon (Garden) - Ao (Pond) - Chuong (Barn) in farming combination

Figure 6 - Plant - ponds and the risk of fresh - salt Despite some local resilience mothod, the city is still at risk, with the salinity coming closer and closer, taking the lands that are initially for forests and for rice, as the conflict between economy and ecology becomes more bitter. Is there any design strategies should be used to prevent increasing salt intrusion, and at the same time guarentee high profit generation? What types of design can be answers for integration amongst mangrove forests, agricultural identity and economic shrimp ponds? The questions are kept in mind during the design process.


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam

Figure 7 - Waterbased settlement pattern In order to find rational design solutions, existing Ca Mau urban characteristics are studied. It reveals that water plays the major role in structuring urbanity in Mekong Delta. Settlements run along the river flows, forming linear cities in the waterfront, which should be considered as Mekong Delta urban identity. The design of Ca Mau city therefore must take water a strategic element.

Water purification type 1 - Stepping ponds Figure 8 - Natural water purification


Water purification type 2 - Though mangroves


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam Strategic plan design phase - Embracing - Perpendicular Linear Urban Structute

Figure 9 - Perpendicular settlement structure concept

Figure 10 - Concept of the new city, with distinction between North and South (fresh habitat and salty habitat) and multi functional city park

Figure 11 - Existing water structure

Figure 12 - Modified water structure


Since years ago, series of canals have been created running perpendicular to major river flows for the purpose of transport and irrigation, forming Ca Mau waterscape identity that can be taken advantage to structure the new settlements. For that reason, the concept of Perpendicular Linear Urbanity is concluded. Moreover, as studies reveals the differences between the North and the South tissue in quality of water and infrastructure (both roadbased and waterbased) development, an urban distinction between two river sides is drawn. The North is designed for denser population, larger and more modern urbanization while the South, small pocket settlements within rural atmosphere are developed. These two types of urban tissue are connected by a huge greenery in between, which is shaped up from the existing large wetland. This park plays multi functions in the city as it is not only a waterfront public space and natural water purification but also habitat for mangrove forest to grow.

Figure 14 - Ca Mau strategic plan


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam Individual detail design phase Riverbank uses and potentials as a framework for waterfront development On the basis of the existing tissues, waterfront area is interpreted as consisting of three main parts with distinct characteristics. Therefore, there is an unique program for each of them. The existing series of ponds in part 1 are dug for interconnection with each other, forming a huge water space that is embraced by greenery. Large footprint and large pond in part 2 are preserved for public purpose, whereas green and blue strips in part 3 are developed into a “bar code� landscape.

Figure 15 - Programmes for strategic areas in Ca Mau Waterfront


Figure 16 - Waterfront egde

Figure 17 - Waterfront footprint

Figure 18 - Waterfront functional arrangement

Figure 19 - Waterfront public grounds


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam

Figure 20 - Existing tissue


Figure 21 - View 1

Flood in 2050 Wet season high tide Figure 22 - Design section BB’ - Adaptable public ground

Dry season

Figure 23 - View 2

Figure 24 - Design section AA’

Figure 25 - Design plan


01. CA MAU CITY, Vietnam

Figure 26 - Existing tissue


Figure 27 - View 3 - Waterfront public space in dry season

Figure 28 - Waterfront public space in rainy season

Figure 29 - Design section CC’

Figure 30 - Design plan



Activating Strategic Vacant Landscapes

Barcodes on a Winding Green Space time

4th year (September - February 2014)


Antwerp, Belgium


Bruno De Meulder, Erik Van Deale, Erik De Deyn

collaboration Analysis phase: Nguyen Phuoc Quy Anh Design phase: Duong Thi Kim Phuong, Tran Thanh Giang, Le Hoang Anh Quan Detail design phase: Duong Thi Kim Phuong

Analysis phase - Undestanding PUBLIC DOMAIN in the city scale Antwerp has varied types of public domain, such as zoo, botanic garden, small parks, square and shopping street. In spite of that, the total area of public spaces is considered not enough for this most densely pupolated city in Flanders. Meanwhile, there still exists some potential open spaces here and there, which are now abandoned or used as car parking lot. The waterfront area is one of them, being full of vacant land and images of cars. This contiguous territory between land and water becomes a barrier separating the city and its Scheldt River, which is a typical problematic issue not only in Antwerp but in many European developed cities.

Figure 31 - Waterfront space and uses


Figure 33 - Open space in Antwerp and its potential attration

Figure 34 - Section A - Waterfront as typical car park

Figure 35 - Section B and Facade - Mier, the shopping street in Antwerp

Figure 36 - Section C - Frankrijklei Highway and the disconnection of two sides

Figure 37 - Section D - Belgielei Highway


02. ANTWERP NIEUW ZUID, Belgium Strategic plan design phase Barcodes on a Winding Green Space The Nieuw Zuid area is strategically located on a cross point of urban systems that all exert their influences on the area. Making this area compatible with this surrounding environment resulted in two design concepts: the “civil park” as civil spine and the “continuous strips”. The civil park plays the core role while it is an integration of green space, public space, facilities and services. The continuity of construction and green figure from Antwerp city creates the rhythm of soft and hard in the new area.

Figure 38 - Design concept

Figure 39 - Green system

Figure 40 - Functional arrangement

Figure 41 - Car accessibility

Figure 42 - Bike and public transport accessibility


Figure 43 - Principle sections

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

Phase 5

Phase 6

Figure 44 - Phasing




Figure 45 - Strategic plan

Figure 46 - References for public space

Figure 47 - Model


02. ANTWERP NIEUW ZUID, Belgium Detail design phase

Figure 48 - Zoom site

Figure 49 - Functional arrangement

Figure 50 - Green structure

Figure 51 - Car accessibility

Figure 52 - Bike and pedestrian accessibility

Figure 53 - Parking lot system

Figure 54 - Building module

Figure 55 - Building accessibility


School - ground floor

School - first floor

+ Duplex row house - first unit

Duplex row house - sescond unit

= Duplex row house

Social house Figure 56 - Building typology



Ground floor Figure 57 - Duplex row house plans


First floor

Second floor

Figure 58 - Model

Figure 59 - Zoom plan


03. BA SON PORT, HCMC, Vietnam |

Urban Design for the Former Port

Era hinge - New diverse development integrates historical preserve time

3rd year (October 2013)


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Ph.D. Arch. Le Anh Duc, Ph.D. Arch. Vu Thi Hong Hanh, MA. Arch. Truong Thai Hoai An


Le Minh Ngoc, Tran Thanh Giang, Nguyen Ngoc Khanh Vi, Nguyen Thi Vi Thao, Truong Hoang Vy, Nguyen Nhat Linh, Tran Thi Kieu Anh, Tran Thi Ngoc Trang

Analysis phase - Ba Son as a junction of new potentials and historical values Ba Son has a strategic location right in the most vibrant urban hub of Ho Chi Minh city. It is a part of District 1, being surrounded by several commercial office buildings, schools and the largest park. More importantly, it is a door to Sai Gon River, of which the other side is Thu Thiem new city. Ba Son therefore has all potentials to join the lively party of the city center, except that it does have a long memorable history to be recalled, the history of being a port. There exist large industrial buildings with French Colonial architecture styles, grid system of local streets, dock and piers that need to be put in consideration during the design process.

Figure 60 - District 1 in the city scale


Figure 61 - Circulation and accessibility Figure 62 - Public transportation system

Figure 63 - Existing urban footprint

Figure 64 - Existing green system

Figure 65 - Section of Nguyen Huu Canh Street

Figure 65 - Section of Ton Duc Thang part 1

Figure 66 - Section of Ton Duc Thang part 2


03. BA SON PORT, HCMC, Vietnam Strategic plan design phase Era hinge - New diverse development integrates historical preserve The road system, the building blocks and footprints, the image of pitched roof and the dock are some of the historical values that are taken advantage in the design. They are maintained, upgraded or functionally transformed to be adaptable with new context in which the whole Ba Son is designed for commercial and recreational purpose. However, the western area, which is closer to vibrant streets and public buildings, is for more active activities than in the east. Specifically, the west is place of outlet shops, commercial complexes, children playing center, etc, while the east is for academic opera house and series of luxurious restaurants and hotels. These two sides of Ba Son are connected by an outdoor museum. The design also includes large waterfront green space to bring people close to river and to form a coherent conversation with new design of Thu Thiem new city in the South side of Saigon River.

Figure 67 - Strategic plan

Figure 68 - Urban facade


Figure 69 - Coherence in urban context

Figure 70 - Spatial planning concept

Figure 71 - Circulation system


03. BA SON PORT, HCMC, Vietnam Individual design coding phase

Figure 72 - Coded area

Feature Buffering elements

Building colors Building materials Roofs

Displaying windows and signage


Figure 73 - Showroom facade in Nguyen Huu Canh Street

Description - Long flower beds alternate with benches to separate inner Ba Son with Nguyen Huu Canh large road way, create nice urban image and supply seating for pedestrians. - Flower bed surface is sit-able. - Sitting surface height (both flower beds and benches): 400 – 450 (mm) - Elegant light colors. - Concrete with glass (for displaying goods in stores) - Continuous pitched roofs to remind image of Ba Son.

- Large windows are to provide maximum amount of visibility into the store and create safe feeling for Nguyen Huu Canh Street. - Materials: clear non-reflective glass (for clear view and not harm vehicle controllers) - Signs should be above the large windows.


Figure 74 - Showroom facade in Ba Son internal street

Feature Entrance

Description - Main entrance doors are in Ba Son internal street. - Doors should contain clear non-reflective glass for people to see stuff inside.


- Large windows are to provide large amount of visibility into the store and create safe feeling for pedestrians. However, windows here are smaller than in Nguyen Huu Canh faรงade. - Materials: clear non-reflective glass (for clear view and not harm vehicle controllers)

Awnings and signage

- Awnings combined with signs should be used to create shade for pedestrians and create friendly environment.


- Color: no limit


03. BA SON PORT, HCMC, Vietnam

Figure 75 - Outlet village buildings

Feature Building colors

Description - Elegant light colors.

Building materials

- Concrete combined with glass and tile (glass for windows and doors; tile for roofs)


- Pitched roofs.

Awnings and signage

- Awnings combined with signs should be used to create shade for pedestrians and create friendly environment. - Color: no limit



- Large windows are to provide large amount of visibility into the store and create safe feeling for pedestrians. - Materials: clear non-reflective glass (for clear view and not affect people outside.)



- Doors should contain clear non-reflective glass for people to see stuff inside.

Balconies (optional)

- Small simple flower planting balconies for friendly atmosphere and nice urban image. - Materials: concrete, stainless steel or other environmental-friendly materials. - Colors: compatible with the whole façade.

Figure 76 - Commercial complex

Feature Building form and functions

Building materials and colors

Description -The building has a commercial base of 3 ground floors, for food and beverage, sport activities and other services. - The commercial base elevation is in isosceles trapezoid form (recommended/optional) or differently smartly designed to create a sightseeing space where people can have views to the scenic landscape or nearby beautiful areas. - There should be a well designed open space in the 3rd floor roof. - The upper floors are for hotel service. Upper construction should be divided into 2 masses to avoid “overwhelming� feeling in the conservation zone. However, there should be a physical connection between these two masses. - Compatible with other building elements and surroundings.



03. BA SON PORT, HCMC, Vietnam

Figure 77 - Discovery center

Feature Building form and functions

Description - Play a role as a transition between vibrant semi-open commercial spaces and an inviting open space in which there is also artistic atmosphere. - Primary functions: mostly for children and young people to discover and learn about the world as well as Ba Son history and old spirit. (The closer block to commercial zone is for world discovery, the closer blocks to the dockland are for Ba Son discovery. There is no need to create equal in area between 2 spaces.)

Building materials and colors

- Mostly non-reflecting glass to create visibility to and from the buildings, and create “openness” feeling before going to a totally opened dock land.

Building materials

- Other elements should be careful considered to be suitable with “special customers” – children and young people, as well as other groups of people (visitors, parents, etc…)



Thank you for spending time with my first injudicious drawings. Hopefully the book will soon be edited and thickened with those I am going to learn and contribute at your office.



Anh Nguyen's Urban Design Portfolio  
Anh Nguyen's Urban Design Portfolio