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.

.

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.

       .

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 yet, while common discourses are based on this perspective, it is outdated and we must make an effort to think differently.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.

    .

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.

   .

.

.

.

team.

myriem – founder + lead curator. myriem is an urbanist and writer based in-between ho chi minh city and hong kong. she moved to vietnam in 2015, eager to inquire into the socio-cultural mutations of a so-called “transitioning vietnamese city” in a post-socialist economy. with a background in international affairs, she cares to refresh debates on city-making by bringing comparative perspectives. likewise, she is very attached to grounding her professional practice to a culture infused by social sciences and their methodologies.

phung – researcher. phung is an urban designer and returned native of ho chi minh city. spending most of her young adulthood abroad studying in the u.s and then in denmark, she has been engaging in the studies of the arts and design with a strong focus on social science, humanities and sustainability. phung joined an ordinary city in 2017 after resettling in vietnam for one year as a researcher. she also writes occasionally and collaboratively at a blog named hempho (read: hem-fo), thinking out loud on urban ideas as well as her homecoming experiences.

chau – curator + researcher. chau is an architect and early-phase researcher based mainly in helsinki, finland. her work focuses on participatory design and collaborative model in planning practices, bringing together her academic background and practical experiences in design business. she has participated in organising the architectural research symposium atut 2013, the tampere architecture week 2015, the helsinki design week 2017 and the first neighbourhood festival in finland, lähiöfest 2017.

.

for more information, collaboration or chatting, email here.

.

 

Enregistrer