The Problem of Land Reclamation: Based on the Waterfront Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam

Authors: Sujee Jung*, Rutgers University
Topics: Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography
Keywords: Waterfront Development, Land Reclamation, Vietnam,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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My research investigates the problem of land reclamation for the Red River Development Plan in Hanoi, Vietnam. For emerging developmental states in Southeast Asia, land reclamation has been a prerequisite planning tool to create new land along the riverbanks for profitable real estate developments. My research analyzes a problematic method of narrowing and deepening the river so that planning authority can speculate developable lands at maximum. My findings suggest that land reclamation can be a double-edged sword. It can effectively facilitate project financing by selling newly created lands to developers and investors in exchange for the construction of public infrastructures along the riverfront (e.g. road, flood control, bridge, water infrastructure); however, it also can lead to pressing issues against state authority’s attempt to secure public lands for social housing provision, ecological wetland preservation, and cultural/traditional use of the amphibious space.

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