Urban Voice has been selected as one of 40 projects to be exhibited at the SMART CITY: The Next Generation exhibition in Berlin. Initiated by Aedes East – International Forum for Contemporary Architecture NPO in collaboration with Goethe-Institutes in Southeast Asia, the exhibition looks at the concept of “smart cities” from several different angles; from architecture, through water management, to information sharing. Each project featured in the exhibition was asked to answer three questions: How does your project “smarten up” your city? Why does your city need your project? What are the new behaviours encouraged by your project?.
Here’s what the Urban Voice Team responded to the question why Phnom Penh needs our project:
Urban development in Phnom Penh is currently done in a top-down, behind-closed-doors fashion. New malls, skyscrapers, and luxury hotels are being built, while iconic buildings face demolition, poor communities are under threat of eviction, and more cars on the roads have resulted in a marked increase in traffic jams. Added to which there is a dearth of research on the effects of such developments and whether there is a genuine need for them. All this is happening at such a speed that few have time to document the change and reflect on it – is this really how Phnom Penh’s residents want their city to develop? Is this private developer-driven change meeting the needs of the increasing urban population? Urban Voice allows for Penhites to share and react to the development going on around them, pushing them to ask questions and become involved in why, for who, and how the city is changing.
The exhibition is held at Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opened on May 18, and runs through Jul. 13, 2013. A series of Smart City Talks will also be held starting Jun. 8. For more information, click here.