Part 2: Vietnam Design Projects


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A project about building long-term design capacities with local rattan producers through a de­signer exchange. Clara spent 6 months working in Vietnam with skilled craftsmen, experimenting with traditional methods and rattan materials, all based on the concept of increasing value by reducing material for designing sustainable products for the European market as well as providing training for local companies.

These designs aim to be an inspirational starting point, suggesting a re-conceptualization of rattan as a beautiful, raw and exotic material that carries a story of the past, of nature, and of handicraft – properties that calls for high-end, timeless, and authentic products.


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A project about that which is regarded as useless, to see it’s potential and to turn it into something useful.

The first step was to explore the magnitude of wasteproduction by visiting 16 different factories. The leftovers are often clean and repetitive with as high quality as the manufactured products. They have been categorized and looked upon as materials, serving as a basis for an experimental design process. A selection of 4 different materials have resulted in lamps, packages, a whip and slippers.

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Scenography for Salon du Prêt à Porter, Paris 2009.
In collaboration with Andrea Crews.

A project about showing the use of new materials as a source of applied creativity. The scene that draws its raw material from the inestimable resources of industrial waste which, once transformed, reveal its aesthetic potential.


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A blend of traditional craft and modern design process, experiments with
production techniquies and re-interpretations of classical shapes
have emerged into a collection of furniture, created in sustainable manners
and made by craftsmen in two opposite parts of the world

It is the outcome of frequent trips to Vietnam, where Clara collaborates with
VINH LONG JTC, which is a natural fiber company situated in the Mekong
delta, two hours from Saigon.


  • Planning and urban development solutions, embracing sustainable growth.
  • Clean energy industries, taking advantage of the local climate.

Arup has been commissioned to act as masterplanning and urban design consultant on the creation of a strategic development masterplan for the Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan. The project represents a significant milestone in the firm’s planning business and consolidates Arup’s involvement in Vietnam.

Arup’s role in this challenging project is to enable prosperity in Ninh Thuan by developing a planning vision and formulating an implementable masterplan that embraces the principal of sustainable growth.

Ninh%20Thuan_1sA new vision for a sustainable future has been created for Ninh Thuan province.

ninhthuan_218x193_arupThe climate makes the province an ideal location to generate clean energy through wind and solar power.

6.) Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

  • Six year, US$60m programme aimed at building climate change resilience in over 20 small to medium sized Asian cities.
  • Focus on cities facing climate change risk, rapid urbanisation and poverty.
  • Our work aims to catalyse action within cities and influence short and long term decision making.

Arup International Development has helped shape and implement this major multi-country initiative, from the beginning.

ACCCRN_OVERA_218x327_ArupACCCRN aims to catalyse attention, funding, and action on building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people.

7.) Times Square Vietnam

Times Square Vietnam is situated at the most prominent location in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Business District. The new 164m tall building houses a five-star hotel, top quality serviced apartments, office facilities and retail space. The structure has three basement levels and six podium levels, supporting a 33-storey tower.

Arup designers and engineers provided architectural and multidisciplinary engineering services to redesign the building. The team enhanced its value and effectiveness by combining the two buildings originally proposed for the project by the former architect into one L-shaped structure. The new design also helps to enhance the overall stiffness of the structure and reduce construction costs.

Time_Square_day_lightbox2_odd_612_c_Time_SquareTimes Square is redesigned to an L-shape building.

8.) The East Asia Hospital

The hotel hospital is envisaged to be a state-of-the-art building, providing highly professional and sophisticated facilities for both hardware and software installations. It provides an oasis from the fast-developing city, serving as a one-stop shop for people of all ages wishing to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

East%20Asia%20Hospital_s%20ArupEast Asia Hospital provides an oasis for people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

9.) Sunrise City

One of the largest residential and commercial developments in Ho Chi Minh City, this project consists of 14 residential towers over a four-level retail podium and two-level car parking basement.

The total development area is approximately 400,000m2,divided into three plots connected by linking bridges.

Arup is providing civil, structural and geotechnicalengineering services for two plots of the project.



Pre-folded origami beer label.

It’s all in your head expo, Milan 2006







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