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A new 36-story tower

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According to the Royal group website, a new 36-story building will appear in the heart of Phnom Penh in mid-2013. The tower will be a landmark building located at the intersection of Monivong Blvd. and the Russian Federation Blvd (former traffic police station). The Hong kong-standard tower will cover 65,000 m² of office spaces in the Phnom Penh capital. This project costs about US$ 80 million. The Royal tower will be higher than OCIC tower which comprises only 32 floors but shorter than Vattanac capital which has up to 38 floors. In the near future, there will be three new tall buildings clustered together in that area. I hope the construction will go smoothly and be completed on time.

ខែតុលា 1, 2010 at 6:24 ព្រឹក មតិ 4

A feeling of pride

Have you ever felt your national pride when you read an article written by a foreigner? This is the first time I feel greatly proud of myself as a Khmer when come across a blog of Mr. Donor Macneice. I could say that he wrote it from his heart and soul. I have never seen any foreign writing which admired our country like this before. He also mentioned some bad aspects of the kingdom but he always concluded with his positive comments on them. The phrase that inspired me the most is ” In spite of  all the above – the Cambodians smile and are not angry.” You should spend some times read his blog and you will find out our national pride. It is the hidden treasure that most of people never heard about.

ខែកញ្ញា 24, 2010 at 5:25 ព្រឹក មតិ 4

What is landscape architecture?

Most of Cambodian people do not know what architecture is and more people do not know about landscape architecture. They do not even know what people majoring in above skill do. Some people said architect is  an artist. Yeah, architect or landscape architect is an artist but they have a broad capability in actualizing their drawing. To suit my article, I would only talk about landscape architecture. The landscape architecture in Cambodia is not popular and we have only few Khmer landscape architects working in the field as there is no university opening this subject. Even worse, there is no formal training in Landscape architecture available in this country.

Chulalongkorn university is the only institution that provides Landscape Architecture major in the region.

The term of landscape architecture is the design of outdoor and public spaces to meet human demand and environment (It is more and this is just a short explanation). Landscape architecture has its own history but I prefer not to mention here but you can read yourself  on wiki. I find that Landscape Architecture is very important not just for its aesthetic but for everything if you go deeper into it. Landscape architects use their creativity to design outdoor spaces based on existing regional landscape, culture and people who live around that site. Landscape architecture (which is known as landscape gardening in the old old time) is not only about gardening but more.

Landscape computer visualization

landscape architectural work

Modern landscape

For decades, landscape architecture has been very popular in developed countries like US, European countries.. In US there is a famous magazine specializing only in Landscape Architecture. The magazine is called Landscape Architecture. This magazine has reflected that Landscape Architecture has been practiced and popular in the American society. Landscape profession has also been recognized and appreciated.  We can see several creative landscape works which are very admirable and hope to see it exists in our country.

Landscape Architecture magazine

So far, in Cambodia, most of  landscape architectural works are nothing remarkable. The gardens and public spaces in Phnom Penh and other city of the kingdom are seen the same style and less creative except private ones (example: 5-star hotel garden). This is a  problem so related people and institutions should re-consider about this as Cambodia has been trying to boost its tourism sector and investments. Plus, Cambodian society should accept the new and creative ideas and be less conservative for things that has no impact on our culture.

ខែកញ្ញា 10, 2010 at 5:29 ព្រឹក មតិ 5

A private rubber company demolished a pre-historical site

I just got a bad news from VOA Khmer’s yesterday article. A private rubber company has completely demolished a pre-historical important circular earthwork, Samrong. The company said they are so regretful for their unintentional action. However it is done and the site has already been cleared.  I am wondering why the government granted the land for this company despite the fact that it has already known the land was one of archeological sites. This is the big mistake of the authority, ministry of culture, especially the government itself. The government should reconsider for land concession and it is a must for authority ministry archeologists and investor to cooperate before doing anything on the land which is claimed as the archeological site.

Please follow the link to read the whole original article

Anyone who doesn’t know what circular earthwork is please click here

ខែកញ្ញា 10, 2010 at 4:11 ព្រឹក មតិ 8

World’s second-tallest building?

Everyone must be suprised when heard the Prime minister’s speech about the world’s second-tallest building will be built on Phnom Penh’s Koh pich island. According to Phnom Penh Post’s articles I got some info to share with all of you. International experts said the buliding is possible despite the island shape was unstable (the isle have formed less than 100 years). The cost of this construction would be high up to one billion dollars and it cost 200 million dollars for the firs stage. However, there’s questions related to economic viability raised by experts.  The building would add too much more spaces for rent and sale and it would be oversupplied. This has also marked concern for an opposition lawmaker. Is it the right time to build such a huge scale bulding for this small city?

ខែកញ្ញា 3, 2010 at 2:16 ល្ងាច មតិ ១

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