Drowning Cities

An international project forms the core of this exchange programme.


You will take part in workshops covering subjects that are important for the execution of the project. These include:

 Name of module

Module type

ECTS credits

Research and Design
An international project forms the
core of this exchange programme.
This project will consist of research
and design of an urban area in
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.






Dutch Approach to Water Management Workshop 1
Waterwise (Re)Design Workshop 1.5
(Re)Designing Public Space Workshop 1.5
Innovative Design Skills Workshop 1.5
Working with Other Cultures Workshop 1.5
Biobased and CO2-Negative Design Workshop 1,5





These workshops are organised in partnership with businesses and Avans research groups.

Project and symposium

In addition to taking part in workshops, you will be working on the project with your team. Experts will be on hand to supervise you. The programme will be concluded with an online symposium.

Project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Like last year, this year the focus will be on Ho Chi Ming City (HCMC). Ho Chi Minh City is a low elevation coastal megacity with a very large and rapidly increasing population. Economic activity is also very high and rising in line with the population increase. Like most megacities in South East Asia or India that were built within a delta’s boundaries, HCMC is affected by flood related risks aggravated by the conjunction of heavy rains and high tide levels. This situation is driven by three factors: low elevation of the land above sea level, extensive urban growth yielding to soil subsidence, and an extension of impervious areas resulting in increased runoff (Tran Ngoc et al., 2016).

International multidisciplinary cooperation is what we need to make our cities future proof. The ambition of this minor is imagining radical solutions and coming up with daring designs for a delimited area in this Vietnamese City. Making booming cities resilient, needs real courage. Only great vision and creativity can lead to innovations that are able to make such cities future proof. Students have to come up with solutions and new ideas for dealing with excesses or shortages of water and water pollution while (re)designing for resilience. The project work involves a concrete design at different scales and levels: from urban design to an architectural object. The challenge is to use ‘Water as Leverage’ as a design concept for Cities.

The challenge is to use Water as Leverage. International partners in different disciplines are working on this project. Follow all the project news on this topic at dutchwatersector.com.