In 2005, the HCMC People's Committee approved the 1:2000 scale "Thu Thiem New Urban Area" Master Plan, authored by Sasaki Associates, Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.
The current competition, organized by the Investment and Construction Authority for the Thu Thiem New Urban Area (Thu Thiem ICA), focuses on three critical public areas within the Sasaki plan - the Central Plaza, the Crescent Park, and the Saigon River Pedestrian Bridge.
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Historic Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. Founded on the banks of the lower Saigon River over 300 years ago, the city now encompasses a land area of nearly 2,100 square kilometers, supporting a population of over 6 million people. An expanding population base and increased foreign direct investment in the 21st century have led to rapid urbanization and significant growth pressures in Ho Chi Minh City.
The International Design Competition for Thu Thiem New Urban Area: Central Plaza, Crescent Park, and Saigon River Pedestrian Bridge is an open, two-stage Competition for qualified professional architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and engineering firms or teams. The Competition encourages entries from joint ventures (between Vietnamese companies or between Vietnamese companies and foreign companies).
The first stage will be anonymous, open and unpaid. Six (6) shortlisted firms will be selected and paid to continue (anonymously) with the second stage. A winner will be selected from the six (6) shortlisted submissions. The winner will have the right to negotiate the Design Contract with the Competition Sponsor for development of the project. (If the winner is internationally based, they will be required to select a local consultant to be a subcontractor in a supporting role).