an ordinary city is an independent programme aimed at promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences about urban-related issues in ho chi minh city. we curate cultural events, produce in-house research and provide consulting services.

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an ordinary city was launched in 2015 as an independent initiative aimed at sharing experiences of cities that were not from the « north » and contribute to their better understanding as ordinary cities, cities that have their specificities and own creative potential. it means overcoming overused oppositions: developed/developing countries, tradition/modernity and stopping to see them through a questionable hierarchy. the initiative gradually became multiform to promote better awareness about subjects linked to the life of/in our cities – urban planning, architecture, social sciences… through cultural action.

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intellectual grounds. cities of the global south are too often perceived as second-class cities. general discourses in terms of urban innovation and creativity is unduly euro-centric: best practices only emanate from the northern metropolis and this is where southern cities should get their inspiration. yet, while common discourses are based on this perspective, it is outdated and we must make an effort to think differently. cities from the south often face similar issues and could definitely built upon shared experiences as equals with northern cities.
an ordinary city wants to bring the interest on other cities, people, mindsets, from the middle east to south-east asia.

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defining an ordinary city. first, it is a city, a physically determined place, which spatial and material shapes reflect on the accumulation and hybridization of cultural and civilizational constructs (castiglioni and al. 2006).

then, it is ordinary because the intent of this project is not to look for the extra-ordinary, the spectacular of cities of the south. rather, it seeks to address the case of common practices and representations, those constituting the reality of cities. in a word, it aims at revealing the complexity of ordinary cities, taken as they are.

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director + lead researcher. myriem is an urban designer with a background in international development based in ho chi minh city. for more information, collaboration or chatting, email her.
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