Dalat should limit construction, Minister says
“The country has only two national architectural heritage sites, the cities of Dalat and Hue,” Nguyen Hong Quan, the Minister of Construction told a seminar entitled “Planning and Developing Dalat into a modern characteristic city” in Dalat Wednesday.
“Dalat will be planned as a modern city which is more beautiful, while retaining its characteristics,” he added.
The seminar received 15 reports and opinions that emphasized that the features typical of Dalat’s architecture as a highland resort center and launched plans to developing the city until 2020.
The experts stressed that the authorities should focus on exploiting forest, which is regarded as the natural resource of the highland city. It makes Dalat different from other cities nationwide. The city will take this as one of its best advantages to find a way to developing and promoting tourism.
Urban planning must be in harmony with natural landscape such as hills, valleys and pine forests, said architect Khuong Van Muoi, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Architects Association.
Construction has been limited from three to five storeys to conserve the scenery.
The local authorities should also limit strange architectures with metal materials and help Dalat develop into a university city, Silicon Valley, international conference and convention center, a resort center for tourists and biotechnological industries producing commercial vegetables and flowers, added Dr. Luu Duc Hai, director of Department of Urban Development of the Ministry of Construction.
The People’s Committee of Lam Dong Province, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, experts of the Viet Nam Architects Association, Lam Dong Department of Construction and Minister of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan participated in the seminar.
(Source: SGGP, URL:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/08/801155/)
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