ASRO seminar location:Leuven date:14 December 2011
As an answer to the fast population growth, high rise residential buildings are common practice in many new residential projects in the Mekong Delta. This fertile zone is attractive for agriculture but, due to a thick layer of sedimentation, requires pile foundations for medium rise to high rise buildings. Land cost and foundation costs need to be included in the design process from the early phases on. Size and form of the floor plan together with total height generates loads on the foundation based on gravitation and wind forces. Those costs should be balanced against other qualities like: transport efficiency, views, possibilities of providing thermal comfort, ventilation and clean air provision. In a similar approach other commonly used dwelling typologies will be analysed: elongated ‘tube’-houses, three story detached urban villa’s, compact medium rise urban clusters.