DANG Ngoc Anh

Msc , Architect
1st year PhD student, CESSMA
Architecture, Urbanisme, Paysage et Patrimoine (DRM51)
[Contact him : ANHDN@HAU.EDU.VN)
Phone : (+33)0753664678
Current address : Cité Internationale des Arts, 18 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris.

Thesis Topic

Community’s adaptation strategies (including housing) to deltaic hazards, climate change, and global-led urbanization challenges : a multi-scale analysis of Mekong delta governance and social organization in urbanized areas.

Thesis supervisors :
Research supervisor 1 : Sylvie Fanchette.
Geographer, Director of Research
Institute of Research for Development – CESSMA.

Research supervisor 2 : Dr. Le Chien Thang.
Architect, Director of Institute of International Training and Cooperation, Hanoi Architectural University

S-axis :
Cities of the South : Power urban practices and becoming metropolitan.


Hanoi Architecture University (HAU), I am an architectural lecturer at HAU.

IRD Vietnam, I am doing a research about « Classify rural houses typologies and settlement morphologies to flooding environment in the Cuu Long Delta by using 2D, 3D architectural modeling « within the ACROSS Project (Advanced Computational Research for Sustainability Science is a laboratory jointly established by the French Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Thuyloi University TLU, Hanoi Architectural University (HAU) and Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute (IRIT)).


From the case of the C9 underground station in Hanoi Old Quarter, discussing new interventions in Italy’s heritage and experience urban area ; Vietnam Architecture Magazine, Nov 2018.

Natural adapting-vernacular houses in Cuu Long Delta (Vietnamese Mekong Delta), heritages that are gradually disappearing in the context of climate change and urbanization ; Seminar Vietnam Poland experience in preservation and conservation of architectural heritage, Hanoi Architecture University, Oct 2021.

Thesis summary

Keywords : Adaptation, Housing, Rural, Urban Typologies, Resilience, Sustainability, Community, Climate changes, Globalization, Urbanization, Vietnamese Mekong Delta, Cuulong river delta.

Problématique :
Many cities and rural communities around the world actively develop adaptation plans to be able to deal with synergisms between the impacts of two global processes, climate change, and globalization. Moreover, these territories often have a variety of natural, levels of economic integration to the global markets and social and cultural specificities, so the impacts of the two processes are very diversified. In Vietnam, most financial resources for adaptation to climate change are allocated to improving and building infrastructure at the national and provincial level and only 1% is for improving the social condition to better adapt (Le T P,2018).

The research aims to evaluate and explore the adaptation strategies of urban settlement communities over time and space by multi-scale analysis of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta governance, social organizations, and ecological changes. There are three main research questions in this project. The first is “How the various communities (Viet from the North, local Khmers, Chinese migrants…) have adapted their livelihood, housing, and activities to deltaic hazards during the slow process of Mekong delta reclamation and settlement ?”. The past understanding of the experience of those communities leads to the two next questions, which are “ In the new context of climate change and urbanization link to globalization, how the different types of communities are adapting their housing and activities or not adapting ?” and “How urbanization is challenging land and housing management by the top downstate governance in this hazard-prone region very impacted by climate change and globalization (urbanization, shrimp farming for exportation, large hydraulic projects for energy production on upper-valley countries) ?”.

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