Ho Chi Minh City 14 September, 2022 – The Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City and S&A Architecture, with the patronage of Italy-ASEAN Association, Italian Trade Agency in Vietnam, Venice Architectural Association, RMIT University, Aria Collectives announced the Heritage Preservation and Economic Development conference (HPED), to be held on September 28,2022, following the success of the series in Hanoi (2019) and in Ho Chi Minh City (2019 & 2020). 

The 6th HPED event held at The Reverie Saigon on 28/9/2022 is expected to attract over 70 VIPs who are decision makers in the field of real estates, professors, experts, authorities, including the virtual participation of Romano Prodi – former Italy Prime Minister, President of Italy – Asean Association, Antonio Alessandro – Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam, Enrico Padula – Consul General of Italy in HCMC, Nguyen Anh Tuan from HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture, Francesco Siravo – Conservation architect, Knight Frank Vietnam, Indochina Kajima…

“By 2050, metropolises will be home to two thirds of the world’s population” says Antonio Alessandro, Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam. With rapid urbanization and population growth, historical heritage all over the world has come under growing pressure. Hence, it is urgent to re-think the relationship between people and territories which is the theme that the City of Rome has chosen for its candidature to host World Expo 2030 that will be shared by Romeo Orlandi, Scientific Vice President of Italy-ASEAN Association.

“Adaptive reuse” is a common practice in developed countries applied for existing buildings with the intention to update or adapt its original functions. The initiative aims to debunk the false common perception that it is more economically efficient to replace the built environment or just build new development from scratch rather than restore existing buildings. These perceptions are no longer applicable in HCMC due to its limited land bank and complex urban planning. Meanwhile, in many prime locations of the city, the degradation of abandoned, pending buildings can be seen mainly due to difficulties in resettling its residents, limited financial resources and continuous change of regulations. The HPED will therefore be held in HCMC due to its considerable architectural heritage and potentials in terms of urban renovation. The aim is to foster a reflection on the nature and future of HCMC historical city center through an architectural workshop.

Speakers at the Press Conference.

“Revitalizing Heritage Place, the Future of the Past” is the name of the workshop done by Luigi Campanale, CEO & Design Director of S&A Architecture, together with lecturers and staff from RMIT University Vietnam: Andrew Stiff, Manuela Spiga, Kenneth Rabin, Justin Batin, Ondris Pui, and the students. The selected site for this workshop was the former Saigon Commercial Port located in District 4, HCMC that was built during the French colonialism in the 18th century. This workshop provides an academic solution based on the framework of Smart & Creative cities proposed by UNESCO.

Mr Luigi Campanale, CEO and Design Director of S&A Architecture at the Press Conference.

The event will also focus on the inevitable transition of the world from linear to circular economy followed by two successful case studies where abandoned lands have been progressively renewed and adapted, retaining much of the existing building fabric with a mixture of commercial, residential, cultural and educational program