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Les ruelles de Hồ Chí Minh Ville, Việt Nam. Trame viaire et recomposition des espaces publics

  • GIBERT, Marie
Publication Date
Jun 19, 2014
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At the heart of an urban region of more than ten million inhabitants, Hồ Chí Minh City is considered today as the economic engine of Việt Nam. The authorities of the city-province are seeking to assert its new metropolitan status by regaining control of urban planning after decades of spontaneous development. This thesis proposes to decipher the contemporary mutations of the inherited spatial frame of the Hồ Chí Minh City alleyways, taken both as an element of the street network and as ordinary public spaces.The turbulent history of the city contributes to explaining the specificity of its morphology, with very few spaces dedicated to the street network, whose hierarchy remains incomplete. Nearly 85 % of the streets are less than twelve meters wide. Thus, the alleyways constitute both the heart of the urban framework and the living environment of the large majority of the population. Poised between public and private spheres, between collective and individual dynamics, the alleyway is an urban form in constant flux. This understanding of streets as an interface makes it possible to rethink the mechanisms of the urban fabric and the evolution of urban practices in the metropolisation of Hồ Chí Minh City. In doing so, this research seeks to grasp the way in which urban dwellers are adapting to the norms of “urban modernity” as redefined by the authorities of the city-province today, as well as the way these norms affect the daily functioning of ordinary public places.

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