Category Archives: Teaching

Building Trust International PP Workshops


Source: Via e-mail from Building Trust International

Please contact: Louise Cole with questions

Sustainable Live Build Workshops

We are excited to announce that Building Trust international are hosting a two week long sustainable build workshop in Phnom Penh during February. I am writing to ask as to whether you would be interested in taking part.

We are offering a hands on participatory workshop where you will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while supporting a worthwhile community project that will have a huge benefit to the local community and positive effect on the local environment. You will gain an insight into a number of building techniques and architectural styles including some of those listed below.

What will you will learn?

  • Adobe bricks mixing and making
  • Breathable plastering
  • Palm thatch
  • Bamboo structural design concepts.
  • Bamboo anatomy and species familiarisation.
  • Bamboo treatment

This is a hands on course, working with others you will learn on-site skills like site management and material procurement. You will also see first-hand how we promote and work with local communities taking on traditional skills and a host of other sustainable build techniques.When: Mon 10th – Fri 21st  February 2014Please note the workshop will take place between 9am – 5pm on weekdays.Location: KOUK KHLEANG YOUTH CENTER
The youth center is operated by Cambodian organizations Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) and Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association (KKKHRDA) and was 
designed and built by Komitu Architects.

Donation:  We have daily and weekly rates for our educational workshop, please get in touch to find out more.
*Please note all funds raised through the workshop will go towards buying materials to make the projects happen. The running and organisational costs have been covered.We look forward to discussing further as to how you can use your skills to help communities very much in need in Cambodia. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries. 
Our volunteer workshops offer you the chance to meet some fantastic people, learn new skills, visit fascinating locations and contribute to the empowerment of local communities and worthwhile causes. We look forward to hearing from you!

3D Printer Arrives in Kingdom


A 3D printer produces a chocolate heart. BLOOMBERG

A 3D printer produces a chocolate heart. BLOOMBERG

Cambodia’s tech revolution? 3D printer arrives on Kingdom shores

Fri, 27 December 2013

3D printers have given the US technology industry a boost. Bennett Murray meets the brothers who are introducing the idea to Cambodia.

One of the world’s most curious tech toys has arrived in the Kingdom: the 3D printer. The concept, so new that even its pioneers aren’t quite sure what to do with it, is in Phnom Penh courtesy of a pair of Cambodian-American brothers who aim to make the city a hub for the burgeoning technology.

Ki How Tran, 23 and Ki Chong, 26, founded a firm, Arc Hub, in October, intended to teach people how to use the printers after Ki Chong learned about the technology while working sales for an aerospace company in Los Angeles. After researching the possibilities, Chong decided to bring one printer to his ancestral homeland.

“It kept snowballing, so eventually I thought, let’s bring it to Cambodia and they can use it,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh.

Their short term plan is to begin 3D printing classes next month at SmallWorld, a collaborative work place and business resource centre in Toul Kork. With the help of two recent architecture graduates, who will focus on the software aspect of 3D printing, Kiw How and Ki Chong plan to teach their students everything from the design aspect to the physical construction of the devices.

The brothers’ own first printer arrived dissembled from the US and had to be constructed by Ki How.

“I had never even seen one until I built one,” he said. Without any prior experience, it has been up to the brothers to figure out for themselves how to make the technology work.

“I want to teach students from the very beginning how to wire everything – how to set everything up, so they can say that Cambodia has built its first 3D printer,” said Ki How Tran.


A 3D printer passes the Royal Palace in a tuk-tuk. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A 3D printer passes the Royal Palace in a tuk-tuk. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The devices, which were invented in the 1980s and popularised in the early 2010s, turn digitally designed 3D graphics into tangible objects through a process of sequential layering. Although some hi-tech models can create objects out of metal and even live cells, most 3D printers use plastic.

The hope, said Ki How, is that 3D printers will one day replace physical couriers. “Ideally, every major city will have a 3D printer, so you wouldn’t really need to ship.”

The possibilities are endless, with everything from food to human organs potentially printable. US President Barack Obama gave tech engineers a morale boost when he highlighted the printers as a potential source for new hi-tech jobs last February.

A Texas man made headlines after designing a functional firearm made almost entirely with a 3D printer. There has been negative news too: the controversy of 3D printed hand guns.

For good or bad, this year saw enormous growth in varieties of printer, some of which reached their lowest yet prices at around $199.

But despite the hype, 3D printing is yet to hit its stride. It was only a matter of weeks ago that 3D systems announced a full-tone printer that could create rainbow-coloured objects.

“That’s pretty much everyone’s question: what are people going to use it for?” said Ki Chong.

In Cambodia, he suggested, 3D printers could mean mass production on a cheaper budget.

“You don’t need giant factories, land, huge investments of even a very high level of technical skill to make things using 3D printing.


Twin brothers Ki Chong and Ki How Tran

Twin brothers Ki Chong and Ki How Tran.Heng Chivoan


“It allows countries with very little resources, like Cambodia, to create things uniquely for themselves that otherwise would have been mass-produced by giant factories in China or Vietnam.”

Va Chenda, a 22-year-old graphic designer for Arc Hub, said the printing will offer an outlet for Cambodia’s creatives.

“With 3D printing, anyone can be a designer. They can design their own thing and bring it out, instead of just going to the market and buying the same thing as a million other things in the market.”

Chenda also said that the technology presents the potential for cheap manufacturing in the Kingdom that goes beyond the garment sector.

“If we compare to the startup costs of factories, and the cost of the machines for the printers, [3D printing] is cheaper. You can sell their designs online, so you can get a profit without steep costs.”

The brothers, who own two printers imported from the US, have thus far printed objects with varying degrees of success. The team managed to create a spare gear for a sewing machine that Ki How Tran estimated would have otherwise cost around $200 to replace, but a plastic sculpture of US comedian Stephen Colbert ended up looking like a deformed Abraham Lincoln due to a hardware malfunction.

Both brothers agreed, however, that the point of experimenting with 3D printing today is to get onboard with the technology before its practical uses take off in full force.

Ki Chong compared 3D printing to the early days of the Internet, or computers, adding it had the potential to “fundamentally disrupt and change how things are made, but no one knows exactly how or what is going to be made.

“If you compare 3D printing to the Internet, we are before the time of email, instant messaging, or news websites, which showed the practical applications of the Internet,” he said.

“No one back then could have predicted smartphones, Twitter, Facebook, crowd-funding, couch-surfing, and so on, which all fundamentally changed the way we do business and interact with each other.”

“I want to bring 3D printing to Cambodia so people can learn about it and use it at the same time as the rest of the world, while it is still a new technology, so Cambodia won’t be left behind, but instead be in the front, leading the way.”​

Arc Hub, a work space where 3D printing skills are taught, can be found at #17 Street 604, Touk Kork, Phnom Penh.

Call for Abstracts – Sixth Annual Khmer Studies Forum

Call for Abstracts – Sixth Annual Khmer Studies Forum – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Location: Ohio, United States
Conference Date: 2013-12-15 (in 25 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-11-15
Announcement ID: 208627

The Sixth Annual Khmer Studies Forum will be held at Ohio University from March 14-16, 2014. The theme of the Sixth Khmer Studies Forum is Cambodia at a Crossroads.

The crossroads theme can and hopefully will be interpreted quite broadly, to include issues of race and ethnicity, politics, national identity, generational differences, border disputes, future studies, etc.

Scholars, artists, filmmakers, and community members are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, panels, or roundtable discussion groups that explore the various ways in which Cambodia is currently changing and might further transform itself, and the possible consequences of the paths Cambodia and Cambodians may take.

Please submit abstracts to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at by December 15, 2013. For more information and details about the conference, go to or contact Christine Su, CSEAS Director, at

Cambodia has been changing at a rapid pace: urban development is astonishing,foreign investment extensive, environmental destruction staggering. Protests by dissatisfied factory workers and victims of land-grabbing show Cambodians increasing unwillingness to accept injustice; the recent protests over the dubious results of the national elections underlines their desire for reform. Yet this enthusiasm for change is accompanied by anxiety. What will become of Cambodia? Will these changes help or hurt Cambodia? Indeed, Cambodia stands at a crossroads, and these questions cannot easily be answered.

Christine Su
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Ohio University
Yamada International House 118
Athens, OH 45801
Phone: (740) 593-1841
Visit the website at

Pan Asia Mekong Exhibit University of Houston

Congratulations to the students of the Pan Asia Mekong Program (Instructors: Bill Truitt, Anne Haynes, Shelby Doyle) at the University of Houston on a great exhibit of their work from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

More photos.

Pan Asia Mekong

Pan Asia Mekong

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.




Living Arts City Colloquium – Art and Urbanism in Phnom Phen and New York

As part of the Season of Cambodia and Parsons the New School for Design Living Arts City initiative I have the opportunity to present some of the work from the Our City Festival. See below:



As part of Season of Cambodia, a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York City, the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design presents a two-day colloquiumexploring the interconnectedness of creativity, urban ecology and community. The event provides a window into an ongoing exchange between designers, curators, architects, planners, and social researchers from Phnom Penh and New York.


April 6

6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Keynote Lecture and Panel Discussion
Free registration here
Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Introduction to Cambodian Living Arts:
Arn Chorn-Pond, Founder, Cambodian Living Arts
John Burt, Founding Board Chair Emeritus, Cambodian Living Arts, and Chairman, Season of CambodiaIntroduction to Season of Cambodia:
Phloeun Prim, CEO, Season of Cambodia, Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts
Elena ParkSeason of Cambodia, Senior Festival Advisor

Keynote Address:
Refuge, Diaspora and Return: Cosmopolitan Phnom Penh
William Greaves, Director of Vann Molyvann Project

Panel Discussion:
Arts and Urban Development in New York and Phnom Penh

William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons The New School for Design
Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School for Design
Fred Frumberg, Cambodia Line Producer, Executive Director, Amrita Performing Arts
Erin GleesonSeason of Cambodia Visual Art Program Co-Curator, and Artistic Director, SaSa Bassac

Full event info here: 

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center – Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York

April 7

10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Full-day Colloquium in Three Acts
Free registration hereScholars, researchers, students, arts organizers, artists, policymakers, urbanists and designers from both New York and Cambodia will participate in a series of workshops and dialogues focused on how creativity fuels cities and how development and commodification dampens art production. This will include conversations on the role of public art, festivals, cultural district formation, and the distribution of arts and of artists in cities and towns; and will address such issues such as design, media, ecology, and youth development.

10:00 AM – Act 1:
Geo-body of the Living Arts City 

Icebreaking Workshop
Moderated by WIlliam Morrish and Irene Leung

1:00 PM – Act  2:
The Production of Space in the Living Arts City
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Radhika Subramaniam
Rescue Archeology: Documents of Performance Art from Phnom Penh

Film screening Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson
Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities
Presentation Shelby Doyle3:00 PM – Act 3:
Re-envisioning the City through Art and Urban Community

Living Arts District Workshop

Speakers: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, andVuth Lyno
Moderated by Brian McGrathFull event info here: 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall – The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York

Photo credit: Sareth Svay, Mon Boulet, 2011, Performance, Courtesy the artist

City of Water Coastal Sustainability Studio Lecture

I recently lectured at LSU’s Coastal Sustainability Studio you can watch a video of the presentation slides with audio here.

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