Water in Phnom Penh Symposium

Water in Phnom Penh

Where: Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture, # 47 Street 178
When: Saturday, 31st March 2012, at 5pm

Beyond creating more extreme weather conditions, global climate change has other long-term implications – particularly severe ones when it comes to water resources. While certain regions are facing increasing drought and water shortages, others are confronted with rising water levels and the threat of flooding.

The Southeast Asian floods of 2011 dramatically affected the lives and resources of millions of people. These floods challenged the disaster management plans of governments and raised questions about how the cities of the region have been developed, and the impact on the natural environment.

In recent years a sense of responsibility has been growing among many professionals – architects, urban planners, engineers – as well as artists, activists, academics and others, to use their knowledge, skills and networks to address these topics.

The symposium ‘Water in Phnom Penh’ aims to examine how water is related to and dealt with by the city of Phnom Penh. How does local architecture include water in its design and has this changed over the years? What are the engineering challenges of water management? How do Phnom Penh’s master plans include water in the city’s landscape? Who is responsible for public water systems like fresh water, wastewater, drainage and flood management in the city? What impacts will dams and climate change have on Phnom Penh?

The symposium is organised by Manolis House in collaboration with Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, architect and researcher.

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