On May 13, the Da Nang Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO) in collaboration with Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism organized the interview for Round 2 of the "Social cohesion challenge" program to decide the best proposal. The jury panel included members of relevant Departments and agencies of: Department of Construction, Department of Labour, War invalids and Social Affairs, the Institute for Socio-Economic Development, People's Committee of Son Tra District and Nai Hien Dong Ward.
Four proposals selected from Round 1 included:
- "Eyes of Da Nang" by a consortium of three international partners including Think Playground from Hanoi, Vietnam, Playground Ideas from Melbourn, Australia, and Healthbridge from Ottawa, Canada
- "People's Energy Park" by Aterlier Fleitter from Berlin, Germany
- "Da Nang PlaceMaker" by Suisman Urban Design from Santa Monica, USA
- "Sport Street Connecting Da Nang" by Placemakers from Nairobi, Kenya
Da Nang's Comments About the Winner
After interviewing the competitors, the jury panel agreed to select "Eyes of Da Nang" for piloting. "Eyes of Da Nang" concentrates on solving the problem of space shortage in urban areas, paying special attention to the needs for recreation of children in poor and crowded communities. The design is based on elements of culture, traditions and local lifestyle with consideration for green infrastructure and nature-friendliness. When implemented, the proposal will leverage local resources and recycled materials, such as old boats and old tires used at docks.
The consortium is already working with more than 20 communities to implement playgrounds in Hanoi and some central provinces. The partners also have extensive experience in building playgrounds utilizing recycled materials available locally. To strengthen the protection of property and common property, the partners mobilise local community funding to help cover the costs of implementation. The remaining part of funds for implementation of the project will be mobilized from different sources such as businesses or donors locally and internationally. An important component of the proposal is to mobilize the participation of the whole community and the Association of Local Unions to discuss and share ideas during the design, construction and operation of projects. This is the basis for the people to realize the importance and significance of the playground, as well as enhance community cohesion. Other proposals had creative and extraordinary ideas but they do not totally fit Da Nang's context and background. However, these ones will be considered as reference for construction of different public spaces in the city.
The Da Nang Social Cohesion Challenge
The Challenge: Da Nang lacks adequate open public space in its city center. This is particularly problematic for low-income residents in high-density areas who cannot afford private recreational alternatives. Da Nang is therefore looking for ways to revitalize existing public open spaces - better meeting the community’s needs by providing places where people can meet, exercise and play - and strengthening social cohesion.
The Opportunity: Short-listed candidates were given the chance to pitch their proposal to the People's Committee. The winning solution will be given the opportunity to pilot with the support of the city council. This includes logistical and implementation support, travel costs, facilitating connections with local stakeholders, and helping to identify and secure external funding opportunities. Short-listed pitches will also be shared through-out the 100 Resilient Cities network giving solution providers visibility within city governments worldwide.