Year Projects Scale Theme 2007 Walking to LRT stations: a GIS exploration City-wide GIS / Transit-Oriented Development 2007 16th Avenue North: The People’s Corridor Corridor Urban Design / Transit-Oriented Development / Bus Rapid Transit 2008 Sen Viet Eco Village District Township Development / Urban design 2009 Riviere in Saigon South Site Urban design / High-density Urban Development 2010 Phuong Nam University Campus Site Campus planning / Urban design 2010 Viet Thuan Thanh Eco-city District Comprehensive planning / Waterfront development 2011 Phuoc Giang Regional Plan Region Regional planning / Land conservation / Urban Design My vision of what constitutes gooddesign evolves with people’s changing 2012 Water as a system: a GIS exploration of District GIS / Hydrology needs and their rich living traditions. Downtown Atlanta’s hydrolic dynamics Dzung Do Nguyen 2012 Kallang River Site Design Competition Site Water-sensitive urban design / High-density Urban Development 2012 Built to Drive: Can higher density reduce Regional Land-use - Travel behaviour interaction / Statistical modeling Atlantans’ addiction to drive? 2012 Playground Design Charrette for An My Site Participatory Design Commune firstname.lastname@example.org dothivietnam.org 2013 Making the Sense of San Francisco City-wide 3-Dimension GIS / Visual analysis 2013 Urban Form - Hydrology Interaction in Saigon Regional GIS / Remote sensing / Hydrology / Urban ecology River Basin
Client: N/A (Academic work) |Location: Calgary, Canada | Scale:56 sqkm | Complete year: 2007 |Theme: TOD, Urban Design | Skill: 10-minute walkable-distance fromGIS, Cartography | Role: Principal LRT stations - Downtown CalgaryInvestigator Walking is a complementary mode to rail rapid The study also illustrates that as of 2001,Site survey of the actual transit. The city of Calgary defines a walkable-to- approximately 55,000 people living withinpedestrian shed around transit urban area (WUA) as an 800m radius circle APSs and 107,000 people within the city-Heritage station confirms center at the LRT stations. Using a GIS network defined WUAs, accounting for 6% and 12%the GIS study. analysis tool, I attempted to measure the size of of the citys total population respectively. actual pedestrian sheds (APS) around stations and the number of people livingwithin these areas. The study also suggests that Calgary can achieve the goal of having 10% of Calgar- In the Downtown, where the grid network defines ians living within pedestrian sheds of LRT urban patterns, APS equals to 84% of the WUA. In stations through improving and extending the suburb, where dendritic network champions walking pathways instead of increasing the city layout, APS can be as small as 20% of the residential density, which is politically WUA. difficult to achieve. 10-minute walkable-distance from LRT stations - Calgary South Suburb Actual versus Population density city-defined in APS areas walkable-to- station areas APS area WUA area
Regional Destinations Honorable Mention City Centre Calgary Mayor’s BiannualClient: N/A (Academic work) Urban Design Award 2007Location: Calgary, CanadaScale: 56 square kilometersComplete year: 2007Role: Urban Designer/Researcher This project analyzes the urban designpotential for an extensive public transitsystem for Calgarys 16th Avenue North -one of the citys major through streets. • The plan explores a land use strategy fora transit-first policy and design opportu-nity for the implementation of Transit-Oriented Development along the corridor. • The Plan aims to provide mobility in aregional and local scale. This is accom-plished through the provision of afrequent and comprehensive cross-townand in-bound bus-rapid transit service. • A healthy land use and transportationrelationship is obtained throughsupplying bus-rapid transit service to theCorridor and developing diverse activitynodes along the Avenue that provideplaces for living, working and playing.
Client: Vietin Bank | Location:Dong Nai province | Scale: 214hectares | Complete year: 2008| Theme: Urban Design | Skill:Illustration [handsketch] |Role: Lead urban designer
Client: Invesco Development Location: Ho Chi Minh City South Vietnam Scale: 6 hectares/ 300,000 GFA Complete year: 2008 Role: Lead urban designer & illustrator (hand-sketch)The combination of towers andlower street-front buildingscontribute to creating intimatepedestrian-scaled environmentsas well as dramatic skylines. Allthese work to take advantage ofthe river and the city.While the small site and towersproduce significant density ofdevelopment, the landscapingand careful placement of allstructures is orchestrated toprovide amenities and beautyto this riverside.The most significant aspect ofthis project is the use of a formaldiagonal axis to spatiallyorganize all high-rise towers.The axis leads the viewer froman entrance mall past a pondthrough an undulating series ofhills to a major pedestrian plazaand on to the Ong Be riversidemarked with a pier and lighttowers. Section A-AThe small hills conceal parkingareas that help reduce thetowers’ parking requirement.The curved boulevard furtherorders the composition andbrings a simple understandingto the order of functional uses. Shopping Mall Office Tower Garden Hill Open Hall Crescent Avenue Plaza Parking Condo Riverside Park Lighthouse
Client: Phuong Nam College | Location: Dong Nai ProvinceScale: 10 hectares | Complete year: 2010 | Theme: CampusPlanning, Urban Design | Skill: Development Programming Phuong Nam University Campus Master PlanRole: Lead planner | Status: Planning Approved Rubber Tree Farm Temple of Literature, 11th century | Hanoi, Vietnam Dormitory The Phuong Nam University Campus Master Plan is based Student Center Student Center on the simple Vietnamese tradition of street and courts. The pattern of broad streets and narrow corridors combined with courtyards of various sizes provide an effective means of way - finding and creating a strong sense of place. Cooling Pond The campus is divided between an urban and a more natural environment that enhances the contrast between the two settings. This contrast creates a dramatic visual setting for the University as well as provides students with a richness offered from both experiences. The central courtyard flanked by the library and admin- istration building creates a heart for The University and provides a focus for campus life. The Central Courtyard supports academic life and complements the daily Park & Playing Fields rhythm of work and relaxation. Student and faculty housing occupy the west periphery allowing access and views to the surrounding village and countryside.
Hotel Main entrance Rubber Tree Farm Central Library & Administration Faculties Central Court Classrooms LabsLecture Theatres Adapting to the hot climate of Vietnam via cross ventilation and protecting buildings from the direct sun not only provides a simple and effective means of strengthening the identity of Phuong Nam University, but it is also based on common sense principles and traditional traditional wisdom. Much like the heritage building of the Temple of Literature, the Central Library of Phuong Nam University gives meaning to the philosophical idea of the empty stage - helping to empty the Image Credit: Thanh Binh Consulting mind in order to receive knowledge and wisdom. Site Plan h Binh Consulting
Client: Viet Thuan Thanh Corp.Location: Dong Nai province South VietnamScale: 500 hectaresComplete year: 2011Role: Lead planner 2m 1.5 m water Planning concept Urban Hub Green belt Grading strategy low land (seasonal flooding) 70% land fill needed is accommodate on site Tourist port Villa on piles Wetland Villa on piles Tourist port Multifunctional Reservoir 0 400 800 m image credit: Thanh Binh Consulting
Client: Dong Nai province / SonadeziCorp. | Location: Dong Nai Province | A Form-based Code is introduced as aScale: 3,250 hectares | Complete year: complement to design to achieve a Phuoc Giang2011 | Theme: Regional Planing, Urban desirable urban form. Additionally, to provide Transect PlanDesign, TOD, Conservation Development | a good illustration of the future developement asSkill: Project coordination, Illustrator | well as to meet the design requirementRole: Lead urban planner & urban of the contest, a conceptual physical plan fordesigner | Status: First runner-up in the each growth area is produced. Binh Duonginternational planning competition for Growth Area 4 is selected province to demonstrate in greater detailPhuoc Giang Region an urban design plan to achieve a sustainable and context-sensitive urban T1 Ecological/Agricultural reserve developement. T2 Rural settlement T3 Sub-urban T4 General urban T5 Urban center S Special use (ie. industrial) Civic/Landmark building South-East Region Context Taking part in a planning competition for Connect to be the heart of the region: Phuoc Giang are, north of Bien Hoa city, Phuoc Giang will be connected with the Phuoc Giang we want to give the local government and entire region through a new road network, an communities an alternative solution and a inter-city BRT service and a waterway transit set of planning tools to contiually nurture system; Dong Nai and sustain the environmental, social and Grow along the edge: urban growht areas province economic well-being of the area. are determined to be along the west and Our key strategies include: south boundary to take advantage of the Conserve is to develop: fertile cropping economic vitality of Binh Duong - Bien Hoa land and rural settlements are preserved industrial belt and existing regional to maintain environmental sustainability, thoroughfares. This strategy also helps to rural characteristics and also uniquely reserve the most productive agricultural lands scenic views for new urban developments; as well as to protect the environment and the water quality upstream of the Dong Nai River;
Lighthouse/Observation Tower Green Connector Waterfront Theatre Central Market Reservoir Dong Nai river Dong Nai river Vinh Hiep rice fieldGrowthThanh Binh4image credit: Area ConsultingCreate a desirable micro-climate : the street Provide good mobility & accessibility: the street Stormwater management: beside building canals Connect & nurture public spaces: green spaces andnetwork is laid out to follow wind patterns, network is laid out in a grid pattern and a multi-modal and retention ponds to mitigate flood risk, on-site infil- public plazas are linked to enhance the walkingenhancing ventilation and avoid sunlight transit system is integrated into the urban fabric. -tration is emphasized through design and develop- experience. Buildings are required to integrated withapproaching buildings at right angles. -ment code to reduce run-off quantity. and frame public spaces.
Client: N/A [Academic work] | Location: Atlanta [US] | Scale: one sqm | Complete year: 2012 | Theme: Municipal Water Management, Hydrology, Urban Design | Flood zones 500-year Skills: GIS [ArcHydro] | Role: Researcher 100-year 50-year Site Building footprints + Topography Surface + Flood risk In nature, every drop of water is estimated water demand in Downtown Only 35% of this clean resource becomes events (2-, 10-, 25-, and 50-year).part of a hydrolic cycle. In the city, Atlanta’s one-sqm watershed, mapped useful as it fall into greenery. The rest flows Design implications: One flooding alieviation scenario ismodern engineering manages to the area’s water system dynamics in to lower elevations and may cause flooding developed to reduce run-off by 36% and turn a 25-yeardrain stormwater as waste then meta-diagram format, and quantified along I-85/I-75 Highway as we observed in stormevent into a 2-year one. In this scenario:import, treat and deliver tap run-off flows in time and volume. November in 2010. - Every building can catch and store (green roof/cistern)water from other sources. We have Results: Total daily demand is 3,459,000 Using USGS’ regression models plus one-inch rainfall (24 hours) or 517,000 gal/day;seperated water spatially, organi- gal/day, 85% serving as non-residential ArcHydro and spatial analysis tools in - ‘Green street’ design is applied for 25% of total road lengthzationally and temporally. use. The area also receives 2,494,000 ArcGIS, I calculated and graphed peak-flow to remove one-inch rainfall from drainage system; Using GIS as a measuring tool, I gal/day of precipitation in average, volumes and time lags for different storm equaling to 47% of its demand. - Develope a 16-acre constructed wetland on vacant lots along I-75/I-85 highway to store and filter 62,000 gal/day. Hydrograph
Client: Urban Redevelopment Authority | Location: In the Kallang River project,Singapore | Scale: 23 hectares/468,000 sqm GFA | context- and water- sensititve urban design andComplete year: 2012 | Theme: Water-sensitive landscape framework wereUrban Design | Skill: Development Programming, combined to accomplishesBuilding typology, Illustration | Role: Planner & high-density urban delope- ment while maintainingUrban designer | Status: Contract awarded Singapore’s last historic coastal park and its storm- water retention capacity.Planning Parameters In this complex design challenge, programming comes first. I built a math- ematic model that demon- strate all planning param- eters: small developable land, a maximum overall site coverage of 25%, a provision of 3800 housing units and 3000 hotel rooms plus 1.1 space/unit parking require- ment. In this ambitious develop- Kallang River Site ment assignment, different design disciplines should be interwoven at different Design Competition scales. The role of a planner like me thus was expended to urban design and build- ing design dimension to test the compatibility, the integration and the func- tionality of each design attribute to the entire site. image credit: Atelier Dreiseitl & CPG ConsultingCirculation Plan Landscape Plan Building Stormwater System Prototype 1. Green Roof 2. Garden Terrace 3. Planter Box System Treat greywater from sinks 4. Bio-retention Swales 5. Bio-retention Basin 6. Cleansing Biotope 7. Cistern 8. Hybrid Node Discharge Integrate discharge gate with landscape features MRT Connector Green Spine Promenade 51 Biotope Urban Beach Floating Plaza
Client: N/A [Academic work] |Location: Atlanta [US] | Scale: 20,000 Model Summarykm2 | Complete year: 2012 | Theme: Model R R Square Adjusted R Std. Error of theLanduse - Transportation Interaction, Square EstimateUrban Design | Skill: Statistics, Research a 1 .315 .099 .098 48.786| Role: Researcher a. Predictors: (Constant), HH_income, easywalk, traffic, newde Atlanta is nationally infamous for its low The regression model has a low predic- closejob, lowcrime, neartran density and high per capita vehicle miles tion power with an adjusted R2 = 0.098, a Coefficients traveled (VMT). Based on a 2002 travel which is nearly mirrors a previous study by Model Unstandardized Coefficients Standardized t Sig. survey for Metro Atlanta, I conduct a study Chapman et al. (2004). The correlation on the relationship between population Coefficients between VMT and population density is density (people/acre - independent statistically significant at 99% with a B Std. Error Beta variable) and two-day non-transit VMT coefficient value of -1.727. The elasticity (Constant) 74.213 2.750 26.987 .000 (dependent variable) using a linear multiple of density in respect to VMT is -0.34, which regression model. To control the impact of newden -1.727 .195 -.142 -8.836 .000 is greater than most other findings in the other built-environments attributes on easywalk 5.255 1.580 .050 3.327 .001 travel behavior, I also included following country (national average: -0.04). These numbers, the coefficient and elasticity of closejob -20.590 1.566 -.200 -13.145 .000 variables: household income, access to 1 vehicle, access to job, access to transit, quality density, illustrate that for one more unit neartran -9.519 1.753 -.090 -5.429 .000 of pedestrian environment. increased in density, VMT will be reduced lowcrime 2.663 1.807 .023 1.474 .141 Results: After aggregating data from by 1.727 miles, or 3.5%, of total travel traffic -3.140 1.530 -.030 -2.052 .040 SMARTRAQ to get personal daily travel length. The regression model also notify us the importance of job-housing balance HH_income .000 .000 .084 5.617 .000 length, I have 14,461 records with a mean VMT of 49.24 miles/two-day period (St.D = at a regional level. Providing jobs with a. Dependent Variable: SumOfNDISTANCE 46.87) and an average density of 4.8 close proximity to housing can reduce VMT people/acre (St.D = 3.75), which is very low. by 20.59 miles, or by 42%. This finding is consistent with the overall literature, which confirms that an increase in density makes insignificant difference to travel behavior for regions having below-8-person-per-acre densities.
Teenagers’ design team A volunteer working on a 3D modelBrainstorming Day Let vote for what matters! Client: Actions for the City [NGO] | Presentation to the community Location: Hoi An [Vietnam] Scale: 2,000 m2 The “Master Plan” Complete year: 2012 Theme: Community Participation Skill: Charrette Coordination Role: Charrette Team Leader Status: CompletedNeither graphics nor numbers, butcollaboration makes a design great. Insummer 2012, I ran a 3-day Charrette todesign a playground serving multi-generations for a rural communityoutside Hoi An, South Central Vietnam. Completed An My Commune PlaygroundTime was short, budget was limited, but Judgement Day: people voting for the community’sideas flourished as the whole community future playground design proposals.joined the design team.The Charrette was began with a30-people focus group brainstorming toidentify issues and desires. Next step wasto get people involving in the designprocess and generate design ideas. Tocreate interactive and understandableplans, no pencil was used and no blueprint was made. Instead, we cut papersto display different design programs andbuilt 3-D models to exhibit differentdesign concepts so that people cantouch, imagine, modify and select thepreferred plan.
The sensed form of the environment Based on the artificial topography, the defines one place’s legibility and quality. visibility study maps all locations in San In this study, the sensed form is Francisco, at both ground level and top explored in two formats: vertical map- floors, that offer at least a glimpse to the ping and visibility mapping. city’s most significant landmarks. This study attempts to reveal where in the city Vertical mapping aims to uncover the the sense of place can be best maintained interlacement between natural topog- through visual connection. The study can raphy, parks/open spaces, streets, and also be used to test the visual impact of buildings. This interlacement created a new developments. new artificial topography of the city that affects human and ecological flows [pedestrian, traffic, hydrologic, and vertical mapping of wind flows, etc.]. topographic layers Artificial TopographyLocation: San Francisco [US]Scale: 37 sqkm | Complete year: 2012| Theme: Environment simulation&analysis | Skill: 3-Dimenion GIS | Role:GIS specialist/Cartographer (incollaboration with Susannah Lee)
visible [& invisible] SAN FRANCISCO Coit Tower Twin PeaksDowntown Skyline Visibility San Francisco Visibility Mapping Invisible Where you can and cannot see SF’s landmarks: Golden Gate [See none] Less visible Bridge, Twin Peaks, Pacific Ocean, Downtown Skyline, Coit [See 1 or 2] Tower & Ferry Building More visible Golden Gate Promenade [See 3 or 4] Most visible [See 5 or 6] “Hot spots” Russian Hill Ferry Bldg Twin Peaks
Saigon River Basin 250 Hours >1.3m level Percent impervious surface 14.00% Land cover in 1990 Changes of impervious surface percentage and 12.00% 200 hydrologic performance in Saigon River Basin during 1990 - 2010 period. 10.00% 150 8.00% 6.00% 100 4.00% 50 2.00% 0 0.00% 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Year Saigon River Basin boundary Phu An Hydro-station Saigon River Basin is the land of a This research is the first attempt to Nha Be Hydro-station sophisticated interlacement between measure the change of urban form at human settlements, interconnected basin level throughout 1990-2010 watercourses, wetlands and crop lands. period and their relationship with From 1990 to 2010, while urban devel- hydrologic conditions. Nine variables opment aggresively expanded into low are used to meausre the change of and wetlands, one can also observe a urban form in term of size, shape and rapid increase of peak water level of the connectivity of developed patches River in downtown Ho Chi Minh City [impervious surface]. Due to the lack of [formerly Saigon] at average annual rate run-off volume, hydrologic perfomance Client: N/A | Location: Saigon River Basin | Scale: 2505 of 1.6 cm, causing inundation to 35 is measured by the ratio between sqkm | Complete year: 2012 | Theme: Urban Form Meas- sqkm of urban area and affecting over 2 rainfall depth and the water elevation urement, Hydrology, Landscape Ecology | Skill: Remote million people. difference between the Phu An hydro- sensing, GIS, Statistics | Role: Principal Investigator
Land cover in 2000 Land cover in 2010 Image classification testing Planned landuses in flood-prone areas -station near the outlet of Saigon River percentage of impervious surface from increased overtime, but less explicitly, Basin and Nha Be hydro-station down- 3% in 1990 to 12% in 2010. compared to the trend in compactness stream. and distribution. Concurrently, the compactness of urban Within the 20-year period, in Ho Chi areas had been reduced from the score The results inform that total urban patch Minh City only, the settlement area of 0.043 in 1990 to 0.026 in 2010 due to, area, number of patches, change rate of below 1.3-meter flooding alarm rate III perhaps, both in the fringe areas of the number of patches, landscape (equivalent to 9-year floodplain) had existing urban centers and along major percentage of urban patches, and their increased by an additional 40 sqkm or roads and arterials. On the other hand, cohesion has converse relationship with almost 400%. At the basin scale, 246 urban areas were transformed from a the hydrologic ratio. In contrast, com- sqkm of agricultural and wet land were more clustered to more dispersed pactness, fractal, and contag scores of converted into impervious surface distribution in the basin. In contrast, the urban patches have inverse with the within that period, and increased the connectivity of these urban areas hydrologic ratio.
Central MarketBinh Luc Village Tan Trieu River Landmark Tower Waterfront Theatre A rendering of Growth Area 4, Phuoc Giang Region, Dong Nai, South Vietnam
Dzung Do Nguyen Senior planner/urban designer, Fulbright Fellow Motivated professional planner and urban designer with solid background in township Vinh Hiep Field development, and strongly committed to stakeholders engagement and eco-sensitive planning to achieve high-performed integrated communities. Interested in comprehensive township planning, Transit-Oriented Development and water-sensitive urban design. E : email@example.com | W : dothivietnam.org C : +84 943 647 000 (Vietnam) / +65 8350 4404 (Singapore)Dong Nai River
Cai River Fisherman’s Pier Central Park Church Marketdzung do nguyen’s portfolioplanning + urban design + hydrology + cartography Conceptual sketch of Ngoc Thao Island Redevelopment Plan, Nha Trang, South Central Vietnam