Remediation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia : landscape strategies and collaboration
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Citation:Heng, R. (2015). Remediation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia : landscape strategies and collaboration. This unpublished thesis is submitted as partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3349
This research project investigates and proposes strategies for the remediation of a brownfield site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The overarching strategy is collaboration, phased over time, between the Government, developers and the community to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits. A variety of landscape mitigation techniques have been explored and proposed to help achieve these outcomes. A key aspect is the premise that greenery and water can act as catalysts to boost environmental remediation, social inclusion and real estate value. The site, which is located in a southwestern suburb of Phnom Penh, is comprised of three distinct zones: a disused landfill, polluted lake, and a partly occupied plot between them. The phased aspect of the project includes a range of programmes which ebb and flow between the zones for an anticipated period of 15 to 20 years. On-site observation, techniques learnt from relevant precedents/theories and social considerations were used as groundwork to identify, develop and refine strategies. These strategies carry the hope of finally addressing the social/ environmental/ developmental problems in Phnom Penh – there is a potential to raise public awareness regarding the ramifications of current developmental patterns whilst showcasing a viable and responsible alternative.