Phnom Penh

“The history of expansion of Phnom Penh is described as “hydraulic” by Van Molyvann, and this is not without a reason. Construction of dikes that extended away from the city’s colonial center on the banks of the Tonle Sap River was Phnom Penh’s means of expansion. Dikes were built in the expansion with their interiors filled, creating a series of concentric arcs on which the major boulevards (Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, Monivong Boulevard, Mao Tse Tung Boulevard etc) run today. The encircled areas within the dikes are then urbanized, and this is where the four central city districts (Chamkar Mon, Prampel Makara, Daun Penh and Toul Kork) lie today.”

– Teresina Ho, “Water and Khmer Settlement,” 2015

Narratives


The Westerner’s Lake 5: A Cautionary Tale

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Previous Narrative: The Westerner’s Lake 4: Futures that could have been 5.1 The Foreigner Perspective Similar to the French, we are neither the Chinese investors at the back pulling strings nor the local victims standing on the frontline, what is so specific about us? In my opinion, a perspective distant from censorship, romanticized imagery and conflict of interest, ...

The Westerner’s Lake 4: Counter-proposal and Futures that could have been

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Previous Narrative: The Westerner’s Lake 3: The French Masterplan When the evictions forcefully started in 2011, the Western elites and Cambodian locals came to a painful but crucial realization that they could not fight their battles alone, the two forces then bonded through the last but significant collaboration before total reclamation.   4.1 World Bank Sanction and the Fall ...

An Investor’s Lake 3: Biased impact study and false claim

Au Hon Man Howard

Previous reading: An Investor’s lake 3: Biased impact study and false claim SHUKAKU Inc, the local developer filling in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake for the future commercial and housing project has recently conducted an environmental and social impact assessment as required by the government. However, the extract of the study that was released by the ...

Lake of the community 5: The Lessons from Boeung Kak

Kim Wan

Previous Narrative: Lake of the Community 4: Self-built Shelters and Monuments Boeung Kak has been filled in and the dust seems to have settled. However, the story of the lake has offered us precious insights on how community members can resist exclusive developments and negotiate an inclusive future Phnom Penh which belongs to all citizens. 5.1 Global ...

Lake of the Community 4: Self-built Shelters and Monuments

Kim Wan

Previous Narrative: Lake of the Community 3: The Meaning of a Map As pipelines and excavators filled in the Boeung Kak lake, water flooded thousands of homes in the area, forcing the defiant families to leave. Residents were left no choice but to build makeshift shelters and structures, which were grimly familiar to the elderly who ...

Lake of the Community 3: The Meaning of Maps

Kim Wan

Previous Narrative: Lake of the Community 2: Globality in Local Advocates After nearly three and a half year, the filling was completed. The STT proposed concession change of 0.9ha (blue area) never happened, zone A, B and part of C and D were still neglected, not to mention the other 4253 households evicted before the back-down. ...

Lake of the Community 2: Globality in Local Advocates

Kim Wan

Previous Narrative: Lake of the Community 1: To be on the Map The rare consideration of local demands in Boeung Kak was widely portrayed as a “bittersweet victory” of the local civil society over government-foreign-investors alliances. While the case appears to be a battle of land ownership between Cambodian residents and foreign speculators, the piece emphasizes ...

Historical Documents


Historiography 3: Aftermath of Reclamation

Au Hon Man Howard

Historiography 5: Development and Flooding in Boeung Kak

Au Hon Man Howard

“Green and Blue” 5: Diagrams in The World Bank Investigation Report

Edward Chan Ming Chun

“Green and Blue” 4: Symbolism in the Global-Local Alliance

Edward Chan Ming Chun

“Green and Blue” 3: A Collage City envisioned by the Pearl Plan International Team

Edward Chan Ming Chun

“Green and Blue” 2: Design Sketch of the Pearl Plan International Team

Edward Chan Ming Chun

“Green and Blue” 1: Backpackers’ Memoir to Pre-development Boeung Kak Lake

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Map Our Home 5: The Documentary A Cambodian Spring

Kim Wan

Map Our Home 4: Photography

Kim Wan

Map Our Home 3: A Credible NGO Report

Kim Wan

Map our home 2: Agenda of the World Bank

Kim Wan

Map our Home 1: Government’s Concession

Kim Wan

Historiography 2: Press’s perspective on Shukaku plan

Au Hon Man Howard

Historiography 1: Developer’s perspective on Shukaku Plan

Au Hon Man Howard

Air France Travelogue Video from 1960s

Stiensmeier Daniel

Plan of the National Theater by Vann Molyvann, 1958, from Obayashi Corporation Archive

Stiensmeier Daniel

Architectural implications of the Independence Monument

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Historical Document: Lu Ban Hap’s plans for Phnom Penh

Chan Hin Hung Dave

The Urban Technical Service’s blueprint for Modern Cambodia

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Phnom Penh Cyclical Flood Patterns

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

New Khmer Architecture: New Building Typologies

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Historical Document: A Drive through Phnom Penh in 1965

Chan Hin Hung Dave

“Phnom Penh Falls Again”

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s New Capital Under King Sihanouk

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Historical Documents: Maps of Phnom Penh from 1890 to 1994

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Historical Documents: Maps of Cambodia In 1972

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Phnom Penh’s Urban Transformation as Influenced by The French

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Historical Documents: The Bassac Waterfront Project

Chan Hin Hung Dave

King Sihanouk: the Inauguration of a Political Switch

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

Preah Suramarit National Theatre: A Civic Landmark

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

 

Bibliography


Historiography at Work 3: Historical Significance and Overshadowed Lakes

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Historiography 4: Research results and stance towards foreign investment

Au Hon Man Howard

Methodology and Rights to Civil Participation 2: How we Talk about the Lake

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Gateway to Cambodia 4: Why invest in Cambodia?

Au Hon Man Howard

Gateway to Cambodia 5: Disjointed governance in the kingdom

Au Hon Man Howard

Biography of Actor 5: Activist Monk

Kim Wan

Biography of Actor 4: From a Scholar to an Official (Official)

Kim Wan

Biography of Actor 3: From a Scholar to an Official (Scholar)

Kim Wan

Biography of Actor 2: Boeung Kak Women’s Letter to the World Bank

Kim Wan

Biography of Actor 1: 17 Speakers in AIMF Conference

Kim Wan

Gateway to Cambodia 3: Media in the age of heavy foreign investment

Au Hon Man Howard

Gateway to Cambodia 2: Human rights in Cambodia in age of rapid development

Au Hon Man Howard

Gateway to Cambodia 1: China pumps up the Cambodian economy, but at what cost?

Au Hon Man Howard

Methodology and Rights to Civil Participation 1: Where to find the Pearl Plan

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Historiography at Work 2: The Khmer Translation of the French Masterplan

Edward Chan Ming Chun

Historiography at Work 1: The Bibliography of the French Masterplan

Edward Chan Ming Chun

New Khmer Architecture: A Symbol of Independence

Stiensmeier Daniel

Architectural implications of the Independence Monument

Galvez Raphael Bernal

The Urban Technical Service’s blueprint for Modern Cambodia

Galvez Raphael Bernal

New Khmer Architecture: New Building Typologies

Galvez Raphael Bernal

“Phnom Penh Falls Again”

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s New Capital Under King Sihanouk

Galvez Raphael Bernal

Phnom Penh’s Urban Transformation as Influenced by The French

Galvez Raphael Bernal

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

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

King Sihanouk: the Inauguration of a Political Switch

Yao Yi-chen Jeff

Book: Modern Khmer Cities

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Book: Building Cambodia: New Khmer Architecture, 1953-1970

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Book: Cultures of Independence: An Introduction to Cambodian Arts and Culture in the 1950’s and 1960’s

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Book: Phnom Penh: A Cultural And Literary History

Chan Hin Hung Dave

Book: Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia

Chan Hin Hung Dave

 

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