Rehab for a resettlement area in Soc Trang
Soc Trang, Vietnam
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in use
Design:
vn-a (visual network art architecture)
Updated:
12 September 2021
introduction
Resettlement in Viet Nam - Policies and Social Impact Assessment.

Involuntary resettlement is one of many challenges faced by the extractive sector, particularly balancing the competing interests and responsibilities of governments, companies and affected local communities. Unluckily the resettlement projects are established with so many competing interests, that the inhabitants are involuntary relocated into the "new village" where is lacked of living conditions and infrastructure. 

With the support 2105 USD for each unit from the initiative non-profit group "Nhà chống lũ" in cooperation with the local People's Committee and each household joined themself with their own contribution 20% of the costs, every dwelling units had been rehabilitated with a light steel construction module and possibility of extension adaptable to every household development. Over more the central water tanks as infrastructure in this "village" had been optimized.
Existing site

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Before & After

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The creative users

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Impact
Long-term functional life of the building with all aspects of ethic and aesthetic

Every dwelling at the beginning has only one volume with a dimension of 4mx10.5m, only opening in front and back with all the functions as an urban tube-house. The new steel core reinforces the existing house and afforts an opening in the cross direction of the house for a veranda, which is typical in subtropical countries. Many activities of people can take place under this veranda: relaxing, eating, family meeting, Afternoon nap as the traditional and cultural activities. 

This core is also a reinforced element for all further space extension for the long-term functional life of the house. With coconut leaves, the house has more archetypical atmosphere for the rehabilitation of the living on this peninsula. The mezzanine floor is a place to keep valuable things like rice, food and accommodation in case of a flood.
Action of architecture

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Action of architecture

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Extension on the site after 4 years in use

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The formal and informal extension in use

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The formal and informal extension in use

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materials and building techniques
Sustainable recyclable light steel construction as an innovative method in Viet Nam

Instead of using grout and concrete as universal materials for the mostly building activities in Viet Nam, a light steel module is developed to reinforce the very weak existence construction of all dwellings. This module efforts a quickly mounting process on the site, the simple connection details between the new and the old elements, possibility to extend the construction furthermore thanks to the expandable montage details. The construction is 5m high, with a small gallery area to sleep as the vertical extension and the construction core for all of the horizontal extensions. This extension module from cold-rolled steel with dipped zinc doesn't need to be painted and can stand against corrosion. All connection details are screwed and can be redesigned for the changing needs.
Community

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Volunteers

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The local residents

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The Core Team
“Nha Chong Lu” non-profit organization: The Resilient Housing Program has designed models of resilient houses while raising funds and providing financial to support poor, near-poor and disadvantaged households to build safe houses, thereby mitigating the adverse impacts of natural disasters on their daily lives.

vn-a (visual network art architecture): design, coordination and construction supervision.

People's Committee of An Thanh Nam Commune supports with volunteers.

The local residents participate in design-build process, as long as it's something they can do.
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Living space

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Living space

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Living space

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Living space

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Living space

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Living space

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Isometric site

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Isometric infrasstructure

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Extension diagram

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Extension diagram

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Extension diagram

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Trench renovation

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Ventilation

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