This article source focuses on research conducted regarding Phnom Penh’s relationship between water, architecture, and infrastructure. Through the cyclical floods and climatic context, the author Shelby Doyle addresses how natural forces have become a guiding principle for the urbanisation of …

“City of Water: Architecture, Urbanism and the Floods of Phnom Penh” Read more »

This article highlights the history of the decisions and intentions behind Admiral Decoux of the French colonists appointing Prince Norodom Sihanouk on the Cambodian throne in 1941. [1] At the time Prince Sihanouk was placed in power, the French intended …

King Sihanouk: the Inauguration of a Political Switch Read more »

The city of Phnom Penh has been largely defined by the New Khmer Architecture, an urban horizon oriented with concrete forms. The underlying consistency that emerges in the aesthetics is derived from both European modern architecture influences as well as …

Asserting Culture Through the New Khmer Architecture: a Political Upturn Read more »

This article discusses the role of Vann Molyvann after he returned to Cambodia, tasked with the responsibility of creating the urban scene of Phnom Penh within a short amount of time. Returning to Cambodia in 1957 and being appointed Chief …

“Now 86, young Khmer architects still look to Vann with great respect, referring to him as ‘Lok Ta,’ or the ‘honored master.’” Read more »

The works of Vann Molyvann, notably one the most prolific leading architects that contributed to the curation of Phnom Penh, were primarily intended to resolve the lacking civic identity through an infrastructural development, known as the Bassac Waterfront Project. As …

Preah Suramarit National Theatre: A Civic Landmark Read more »

Within the period of Phnom Penh’s rapid urbanization and development, key architect Vann Molyvann initiated his first ever large-scale public housing plan, the Bassac Riverfront Cultural Complex. This arose as a reactionary step to the sudden growth of population after …

The White Building, a Compromised Idealisation for the Civic Read more »