City Science Lab @ Ho Chi Minh City


We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the City Science Network, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. As part of this collaboration, the MIT City Science team will work with the Architecture Research Center, referred to as ARC, to understand, model and predict a series of new developments in District 4. District 4 is located on the Saigon River, includes the port, and is part of the urban core of the city. The district is slated for several new developments, and has become a prime location for real estate due to the economic impact of the area and the many highly skilled workers living there. 

Researchers anticipate that modeling the proposed developments against the current landscape of the city can help better understand interventions and opportunities. Researchers will consider factors like mobility, housing, and access to amenities, as well as broader themes like livability, sustainability, and innovation potential. Both teams believe that the CityScope platform will play an essential role in both visualizing the current and proposed scenarios, as well as contributing to the data- enabled decision making that is essential to these new large scale projects. Teams agree that the research will support a shared goal to increase equity and resilience in the community.

“HCMC is one of the most creative and vibrant cities in Asia, and rapidly becoming a center of cultural and economic exchange. I am excited that the Architectural Research Center of HCMC has become the newest member of our international network of City Science Labs, and we are proud to play a role in imagining an exciting future for the city.” 
— Kent Larson, Director of MIT City Science