Cities in a ‘Global Polity’: The Making of Public Space Policy in Hanoi

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Prof. Ola Soderstrom, Professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, presented his recent research on public space policy in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Abstract:

Hanoi is an aspiring ‘world city’ in a country with the third growth in GPD in Asia and the most important urbanization rate in South-East Asia. In the context of this phase of intense urban development, public space has been neglected, commodified and partly privatized. As a consequence of different controversies regarding large developments in the city’s main park, this question has emerged in Hanoi’s public debate and led government authorities to transform their public space policy.