Louise Heimler , pp. 90. TKS/Fysisk planering, 2007.
The study area, Van Quan, is located in the town Ha Dong, about 9 km southwest of Ha Noi, Vietnam, Ha
Noi is growing rapidly and Ha Dong will belong to Ha Noi within 10 years according to the National Institute for Urban and Rural Planning in Ha Noi. That is the starting point for an urban development in Van Quan.
The study started with field studies and inventory of the study area and the urban character in Ha Noi. A
rural village is located Van Quan today. Remaining parts of the study area is mainly rice paddies and
banana trees. Historical footprints but also globalisation have a strong impact on the city structure and
architecture. Traditional tube houses and modern building complexes are now both parts of the urban
character. Another aspect of the urban character is the integration between public and private space, especially in the city centre.
The planning proposal for Van Quan focused on the urban conditions in Ha Noi to correspond to Ha Noi’s
future border. The plan proposal suggests a urban development with both modern and traditional aspects,
where communication and transportation are essential. The structure in Van Quan follows a grid pattern for good accessibility and movements. Houses are influenced by both traditional tube houses and larger buildings for offices/shops/hotels etc. The plan proposal suggests mixed use, where residential buildings
and companies are located next to each other. Another part of the planning proposal is parks and recreation areas. Generally, the access to parks in Ha Noi is poor as a result of urbanisation. Parks and recreation areas are suggested to be integrated in the residential areas and centre to improve qualities in the neighbourhoods.