The Cambodia Daily: Architecture Students Imagine Future in ‘City of Memory’

October 10, 2016 — The Cambodia Daily features The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Cambodia Silas Everett on a competition for university students in Phnom Penh to consider how future architectural design could maintain a sense of cultural identity in spite of the rapidly changing urban landscape:

Classic buildings are more than just landmarks to Silas Everett, country representative for The Asia Foundation. They are physical embodiments of culture, time and place.

“Old buildings, they stand in cities like trees. They provide roots and identities for people and communities,” Mr. Everett said at an award ceremony on Friday for the competition “Envisioning the Future of Post Office Square.”

University architecture students were asked to reimagine Phnom Penh’s French colonial-era Post Office building and adjacent square. The contest was the vision of Pen Sereypagna, an urban researcher, and Khiang Hei, the curator of The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery.

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