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Exhibition held to strengthen Vietnam-Denmark knowledge exchange on sustainable cities

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – An exhibition showcasing successful green projects in Denmark and other Nordic countries has been open to the public to strengthen the knowledge exchange on sustainable and liveable cities between Denmark and Vietnam.

The “Nordic Sustainable Cities” exhibition is being jointly organized by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and Ashui Company on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark.

“Hopefully, the exhibition will bring inspiration to Vietnamese experts, researchers, partners or architecture enthusiasts to strive for green and liveable cities such as Copenhagen and other Danish cities,” the Embassy of Denmark said in a statement.

The exhibition was followed by the seminar, “Sustainable and Liveable Cities – From Nordics to Asia”, which aims to promote the importance of balancing infrastructure development with improving the quality of life and well-being of the city’s residents.

The event was held offline in Vietnam with a limited number of participants and online with participants from Copenhagen, Tokyo and Singapore.

For the past few years, the Embassy of Denmark and Vietnamese partners have been cooperating closely on sustainable and liveable cities to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between experts of the two countries on creating better cities for people.

“We hope to place environment, social equity, and cultural and recreation on an equal footing with economic development,’’ said Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam.

“Through the exhibition and the seminar, I hope that our Vietnamese partners and friends will discover the stories behind our endeavor to make Copenhagen and other Danish cities among the greenest and most liveable cities in the world. We hope they serve as an inspiration and help to develop and transform Vietnamese cities to become more sustainable and liveable.”

The “Nordic Sustainable Cities” exhibition will run until December 19 at AgoHub, No. 12 Hoa Ma Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. The exhibition is also open online for public access at nordiccities.ashui.com.

On this occasion, the book, “How to Study Public Life”, by Danish architect and urban design consultant Professor Jan Gehl and Dr. Birgitte B. Svarre, translated into Vietnamese by Dr. To Kien was also launched.

In the book, Gehl and Svarre draw from their combined experience of over 50 years to provide a history of public-life study, as well as the methods and tools necessary to recapture city life as an important planning dimension.

Since its publication in 2013, “How to Study Public Life” has become an essential tool-oriented asset for all those striving to create “cities for people”.

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