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Hun Sen’s Eye on Twitter

Hun Sen’s Eye @HunSensEye

I’m the eye of Hun Sen, not Hun Sen. It’s lonely in here, so I need a creative outlet. Social media consultant for misunderstood strongmen everywhere.

Phnom Penh ·

We’re officially celebrating the end of the KR, but we’re also proud of setting the bar for success so low. #Cambodia #PrampiMakara

Smart City: The Next Generation, Focus South-East Asia

Website AEDES: Symposium / Exhibition

Smart City Phnom Penh Workshop

Smart City Workshop Phnom Penh

City of Water





Three young Cambodia architects joined the symposium:

Muygech + Vannita cutting the ribbon.




No Where Island


Nowhereisland was an island which journeyed from the High Arctic region of Svalbard to the south west coast of England in summer 2012. As it made this epic journey, it travelled through international waters, whereupon it became the world’s newest nation – Nowhereisland – with citizenship open to all.

Over its year-long status as a nation, it accrued over 23,000 citizens and 2,700 propositions to its online constitution, travelled 2,500 miles accompanied by its mobile Embassy and was greeted by thousands in ports and harbours around the south west coast of England. On Sunday 9th September, the island left Bristol and the territory is shortly to be dispersed amongst its citizens.

This showreel documents its journey from Arctic island to celebrated small visiting nation – a land artwork for our time.

Nowhereisland arrived in Weymouth on 25th July for the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic Games as a visiting island nation, accompanied by its remarkable mobile Embassy, packed full of intriguing objects and fascinating information and hosted by the Nowhereisland Ambassadors. It continued its journey, visiting other ports and harbours where it was hosted by choirs, bands, citizen marches, a flotilla of surfers, gig rowers, sea shanty singers and thousands of people on cliff tops, beaches, harbours and promenades. Find out more about Nowhereisland’s journey here.

Nowhereisland is an artwork by Alex Hartley and is produced by Bristol-based arts organisation Situations. It caught the imagination of thousands of people across the world. 23,000 people from 90 countries have signed up to be citizens, contributing to the online constitution and responding to the year-long Resident Thinkers programme. More than 20 schools and community groups across the South West helped to plan how to welcome Nowhereisland to their local port.

Nowhereisland was a Situations project, one of 12 Artists Taking the Lead projects across the UK, funded by the Arts Council of England, which formed part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012.



Introductory film

Filmed by David Bickerstaff and Razaka Firmager. Edited by David Bickerstaff

To view a BSL version of this video click here


Nowhereisland’s arrival into Weymouth


Resident Thinkers on Nowhereisland


For more information, on the project, check out the FAQs.

Download an introduction to Nowhereisland here.

School of Missing Studies

I think SE Asia needs this…


LOST HIGHWAY EXPEDITION engaging artistic and architectural network through the nine Western Balkan capitals

The knowledge that slips through singular disciplines seems to flow freely in an unbound space and networks. It takes a collaborative and experimental practice to scout for it, rather than wait for it. SMS is a network for experimental study of cities marked by or currently undergoing abrupt transition.

SMS are: Liesbeth Bik [BikVanderPol], Katherine Carl, Ana Dzokic [Stealth], Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss [NAO], Ivan Kucina, Marc Neelen [Stealth], Milica Topalovic, Jos Van Der Pol [BikVanderPol], Sabine von Fischer and Stevan Vukovic.

Support: Trust for Mutual Understanding [New York], Kulturstiftung des Bundes [Berlin], Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture, US Embassy, Belgrade, Pro Helvetia Zurich. Collaboration and additional help by: Belgrade CircleCEC ArtsLinkKunstverein MunichPlatforma 9.81 (Zagreb), Rex – B92, SKC Belgrade and Van Alen Institute New York.

Lumhor Magazine

Check this out – from RUFA graduate Pagna Serey:

LUMHOR is an online magazine that aims to develop critical discourse and creative thinking about architecture and urbanism in Cambodia. Each quarter, LUMHOR will publish material that investigates a different theme in the Cambodian context, documenting new developments and new challenges.

We are the team of Cambodian and foreigner architects that make attention to the architecture and urbanism in Cambodia. Recently, we just move the website from to or you can follow on facebook: .

If you have any questions, please reach us via : .

Thank you for your support our magazine and enjoy your reading.

Urban Lab Phnom Penh: We Are Live

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is located at the confluence of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers and is a city of 1.5 million people, many of whom live along the riverbanks. Millions of people beyond Phnom Penh are sustained by these rivers and their accompanying deltaic landscape. The result is a cityscape and topography defined by and an intense interdependence between the inhabitants of the region and its rivers. This geography coupled with rapid development produces unique challenges and design opportunities for designers in Phnom Penh. The Urban Lab Phnom Penh aims to create a platform where to discuss these issues. To learn more and to get involved:

Urban Lab Phnom Penh Facebook Page
Urban Lab Phnom Penh Twitter
Urban Lab Phnom Penh Website
Urban Lab Phnom Penh E-mail

Urban Lab Phnom Penh
The Urban Lab Phnom Penh provides a space for the exchange of ideas between university students, architects, designers, artists and urban thinkers about the present and future of Phnom Penh. The Urban Lab is a group of people, a website and during the Our City Festival it will be a place (location will be made public soon). During the Our City Festival the Urban Lab will bring together known urban resources for Phnom Penh: photos, maps, drawings, models, videos, interactive media, and student projects. The Urban Lab will open prior to the Our City Festival. This will allow for ongoing experimentation and free student workshops leading up to and during the Festival.

Our City Festival
Our City Festival (September 29 – October 7) is a platform for dynamic art and architecture events, that explore urbanism in Phnom Penh and fosters opportunities for dialogue and public engagement. The Our City Festival 2012 theme is Urban Currents and takes as its point of departure the movements within the urban environment: the flows between the people, resources, environment, and landscape of the city within the context of its urbanization and its impact on greater Cambodia.

ភ្នំ​ពេញ​ជា​រាជធានី​នៃ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​មាន​ទី​តាំង​នៅ​តំបន់ប្រសព្វ​នៃ​ទន្លេ​សាប​ ទន្លេមេគង្គ​ និង ទន្លេ​បាសាក់​ ដែលបច្ចុប្បន្ន​មាន​ប្រជាជន​ចំនួន​ប្រហែល ១.៥ លាននាក់​ដែលភាគ​ច្រើន​ជាប្រជាជន​រស់នៅ​តាម​ដង​ទន្លេ​។ ប្រជាជន​រាប់លាននាក់​នៅជុំវិញ​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​រស់នៅ​តំបន់​ទំនាប​ដោយ​ប្រើប្រាស់​ទន្លេ​ទាំង​នោះ​​។​ គំរោង​របស់​ទីក្រុង​ នឹងសណ្ឋានដី​បង្កើត​ឡើង​ក្នុង​ន័យ​បញ្ចូល​ប្រជាជន​ដែល​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​តំបន់​នឹងទន្លេ។ ភូមិសាស្រ្ត​នេះ​ជាមួយ​នឹង​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​បង្កើតជា​ការប្រកួត​ប្រជែង​ និងឱកាស​ក្នុង​ការ​រចនា​ក្រុង​។ The Urban Lab Phnom Penh មានគោលបំណង​ក្នុង​ការ​បង្កើត​ជា​ទីកន្លែង​សំរាប់​ការ​សិក្សា​បញ្ហា​ទាំង​នេះ​។ ​ដើម្បី​ស្វែងយល់បន្ថែម​ ៖

Urban Lab Phnom Penh Facebook Page
Urban Lab Phnom Penh Twitter
Urban Lab Phnom Penh Website
Urban Lab Phnom Penh E-mail

The Phnom Penh Urban Lab ផ្តល់ជាកន្លែងសម្រាប់​​ការផា្លស់ប្តូរគំនិតទស្សនៈរវាងនិស្សិត ស្ថាបត្យករ វិចិត្រករ និង អ្នកគិតគួរអំពីទីក្រុង អំពីអតីតកាលនិងអនាតរបស់ទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ។ The Urban Lab គឺជាក្រុមមនុ​​ស្សមួយក្រុមនិង វិបសា​យមួយ​ ​​ហើយក្នុងឱកាសការប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុងរបស់យើង Urban Lab​នឹង​​មានទីកន្លែងជាក់លាកមួយ(ទីកន្លែងនេះនឹងក្លាយជាកន្លែងសាធារណៈនាពេលឆាប់ៗនេះ)។ ក្នុងអំឡុងពេលនៃឱកាសពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុងរបស់យើង នឹងប្រមួលធនធានទីក្រុងល្បីៗប្រចាំទីក្រុង សម្រាប់ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញដែលមានដូចជា៖ រូបថត ផែនទី គំនូរ ម៉ូដេល វីដេអូ ប្រព័ន្ធសារព័ត៌មានដែលមានលក្ខណៈទាក់ទាញ និងគម្រោងរបស់និស្សិត The Urban Lab នឹងបើកមុនការប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុងរបស់យើង។ កា​របើកនេះផ្តល់ឲ្យនូវសម្រាប់ការដកស្រង់បទពិសោធន៍និង កិច្ចរោងជាងបែបសេវី ដែលនៃធ្វើរហូតដល់ និងអំឡុងពេ​​លវេលានៃការប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុង។

ពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុងយើង ( ២៩​កញ្ញា ដល់ ០៧ តុលា ) ជា​ការ​បង្ហាញ​ការងារ​សិល្បៈ​និង​ ព្រឹត្តិការណ៍​ស្ថា​បត្យកម្ម​ដែលពន្យល់​បង្ហាញ​អំពី​ការរៀបចំរបស់​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​ និង​ជួយ​ជុំរុញ​ឱកាស​ និង​សំរាប់​ការ​ផ្លាស់​ប្តូរ​យោបល់​ និង​ការ​ចាប់​អារម្មណ៍​របស់​សង្គម​​។​ ពិធីបុណ្យទីក្រុងយើង​ សំរាប់ឆ្នាំ​២០១២​នេះ​គឺ​ជា​ចរន្ត​របស់​ទីក្រុង និងគឺ​ជា​ចំនុច​ចាប់ផ្តើម​ជាមួយ​បរិស្ថាន​ទីក្រុង​​ដែល​នៅ​ជាមួយ​មនុស្ស​ ប្រភព​ធនធាន​ បរិស្ថាន​ និង ទេសភាព​របស់​ទីក្រុង​ និង​ផលប៉ះ​ពាល់​មកលើ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​។

Season of Cambodia


Be part of the Season of Cambodia in Spring 2013! The multi-disciplinary arts festival in New York City will feature the highest quality Cambodian music, dance, theater, visual arts, and film. Cambodian Living Arts, a Phnom Penh-based NGO, will produce this festival – the first of its scale anywhere in the world – in partnership with many of New York and Cambodia’s leading cultural institutions.

Discover Cambodia’s millennium-old cultural traditions, expressed in ancient religious ceremonies and rituals as well as in contemporary creative work, as new generations of artists draw upon the country’s rich history while exploring new ideas and artistic innovation. Thirty years after the genocide by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is emerging as a nation whose distinctive arts and culture are becoming its national and international signature.

Presenters such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Asia Society will showcase work ranging from classical dance and large-scale shadow puppetry (which bring ancient epics to life), to contemporary dance, circus arts/theater, music, and film, as well as host a conference featuring artists and scholars to provide context for the festival. Offstage activities will include peer-to-peer artist exchanges and outreach programs with community, teen, and cultural organizations.

Beyond 2013, Season of Cambodia will create a template for other cities around the world while serving as a catalyst for social and economic regeneration and growth in Cambodia. The festival will celebrate this transformative moment in Cambodia’s history, when a nation redefines itself through its arts and culture.

Season of Cambodia is produced by Cambodian Living Arts and is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Check out a recent article on Stadiafile about the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium! Stadiafile is a blog devoted to the research, reflection and discussion of stadia and sport venues past and present.Source:

[Image: Olympic Stadium Complex, Phnom Penh, Cambodia from LA Times]

This is the Olympic Stadium complex in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was designed by renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann and opened in 1964.  The 60,000 seat stadium is the anchor-piece in the middle.  Reminiscent of Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR it was created by excavating 500,000m3 earth and its grassy banks give it the appearance of being scooped out of the ground.  The stadium is flanked to the left by an 8,000 seat arena, and to the right by an 4,000 seat swimming and diving pool.  In the foreground are numerous public basketball, volleyball and tennis courts.  As the images below taken by architect Shelby Doyle attest, it is an astonishingly beautiful, sensitively designed, boldly conceived set of buildings whose history can teach us an interesting lesson about how such complexes are used after the event for which they are designed, especially in this Olympic year.Modern in its language and materiality, this building is very much Cambodian.  In this hot, humid climate where heavy rains can lead to extensive flooding, controlling the elements is critical.  The bleachers for the arena are concrete and an ingenious system of concrete screens integrated beneath the seats creates natural ventilation and a lighting effect on the interior that is truly sublime.  Additional use of water treatment pools, shade-casting roofs, and natural ventilation this complex creatively manages the extreme weather with sophistication and style.

Designed for the Southeast Asian Games of 1964 which were never held, the stadium complex instead hosted the international GANEFO Games (Games of the New Emerging Forces) in 1966.  The complex fell into the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime during their horrific reign of Cambodia and was used as an execution site on occasion.  The years that followed left the site abandoned and in disrepair until 2000 when a Taiwanese company refurbished it in a larger real estate development.

Today, the site is used for recreation purposes.  For a nominal fee, residents of Phnom Penh can use the facility to play sports or take classes and as a result, the complex seems more community center built to Olympic standards than an Olympic Stadium.  As we get ready to kick-off another Olympics in a few weeks in London, and as the previous Olympic Stadium in Beijing lies empty, what a great legacy for this ambitious sports complex. Despite some recent concern that the stadium would be demolished in a larger real estate development, such rumors were recently squashed and it seems the stadium will remain for years to come.

Amazing Cambodia Facebook

There is a blurb in this month’s AsiaLIFE about the person behind Amazing Cambodia – can’t find the link. Nevertheless these photos are indeed AMAZING.


Future of Phnom Penh

Final student work from the seminar I taught this term – check it out! Future of Phnom Penh

The Future of Phnom Penh is a collection of conceptual and analytical drawings and writings about contemporary urban conditions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The work that follows was produced by architecture and urban planning students during a semester long seminar taught in Phnom Penh during Spring 2012 and entitled A Contemporary History of Urban Planning + The Future of Phnom Penh.

01 What is Urban Planning? (Writing)
02 Phnom Penh Master Plan Comparison (Writing)
03 Phnom Penh What Can’t Be Mapped? (Images + Description)
04 Phnom Penh What is Disappearing? (Images + Description
05 Phnom Penh Master Plan 2050 – Table of Contents (Writing)
06 Phnom Penh Public Service Announcement (Images + Description)
07 Phnom Penh: Archigram Style Collage (Images + Description)
08 Phnom Penh: What is Sustainability? (Writing or Image)
09 Phnom Penh Park Proposals (Images + Writing)
10 Phnom Penh + Jane Jacobs: Seeds of Resilience (Writing)
11 Phnom Penh as Video Game (Images + Writing)