by Théodora Burgeat
Following a first workshop session last March, eight French students from the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and eight Cambodian students from RUFA will come together once again, for one month, to collaborate on the KepExpo project. The young team will by led by five practicing professionals: Mr. Ivan Tizianel, a French architect based in Cambodia for a long time; Mr. Steph Kerr, an Australian landscape architect; Mr. Cyril Ros, a Franco-Khmer architect and teacher at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville; and Mrs. Damaly Chum, a Franco-Khmer urban planner. The Heritage Center, directed by the architect Mrs. Men Chandevy, is a great support in the implement of the second session.
This workshop has two main objectives: to finish the field analysis, which was initiated at the first session; and to develop various proposals for architectural and urban design projects.
The organization of this workshop was made possible by the joint contribution of two of our partners: the Heritage Center and RUFA, and their respective directors Ms. Men Chandévy and His Excellency Mr. Bon Sovath. In addition to providing working space in Phnom Penh and Kep, they introduced us to local officials in Kep province to present our project. Granting official support to KepExpo, they emphasized the need to increase Cambodians’ knowledge of Kep’s history and provoke thought in the young generation about the province’s development.
At RUFA on September 27th, the students will make a final presentation of their work. We invite you to come explore their new project proposals on February 21st, 2013 in Phnom Penh, during the KepExpo event.