Phnom Penh at the dawn of the XXI century.
Contributions to the definition of certain projects to improve the conditions of urban life.
After a long period of inertia, Phnom Penh is a city that is suddenly undergoing rapid and spectacular changes. The urbanized territory is extending, building projects are proliferating and the interaction between expansion on the outskirts and renovation in the old city centre is continually increasing.
The main priority for the Governor of Phnom Penh was to help develop tools to manage these transformations in order to equip municipal technicians with the means to implement a vital urban policy.
Supported and financed by the European Union in the framework of the Asia Urbs programme, a decentralised cooperation project was developed in 2001 and 2002 by the cities of Phnom Penh, Paris and Venice. Paris had already been working for several years in close cooperation involving technicians from the Paris City Hall, in active partnership with the Apur.
Continuing this process of coordination, the Asia Urbs project covers various themes, such as the rehabilitation of architectural and urban heritage, the re-housing policy, the reorganisation of poor districts or again, development of tourism. The project team, made up of technicians from Phnom Penh, Paris and Venice and students from the University of Venice, has developed several pilot projects, presented in this publication.
Certain projects have been completed and financed by other funds. Such is the case for the renovation programme of three big markets in the old city centre and their surrounding areas, undertaken by the French Development Agency, the specifications of which are published here. Finally, it seemed important to talk about other projects where the targets and methods have had very positive results, such as the Luceepp (Local Urban Community Environment Pilot Project) project for renovating cul de sacs, backed by UNESCO.