Urban agriculture in office buildings, applications for the teaching of office buildings design projects for architectural students in Vietnam

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Hoang, Hai-Yai
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The speed of urbanization is increasing rapidly in Vietnam's big cities. The population is crowded in big cities and office buildings are rising higher and higher. The demand for office building designs have increased, making teaching Architectural students to master sustainable design trends for office buildings necessary at Architecture Universities in Vietnam. The office buildings that have been built are mainly glass-covered concrete blocks, using artificial air-conditioning equipment that release a large amount of CO2, polluting the environment, increasing urban heat, and little attention is given to the development of green spaces. Bringing Urban Agriculture into office buildings is a viable new direction that many developed countries have applied. This research analyses the current situation of office buildings that have been built in Vietnam to assess the necessity for training Architecture students about new sustainable design trends. Since then, the article proposes the application of solutions for Urban Agriculture in the design of office buildings, proposed in Teaching Architecture students in Vietnam, such as using vegetable growing boxes, using LED lights, vegetable growing towers, Aquaponics, and using automatic vegetable growing machines. Giving students access to new sustainable design trends while they are studying is a positive move to create a future generation of Architects who have mastered sustainable design solutions to construct green buildings and cities that are close to nature, and also support life and human development.
Urban agriculture , Green office , Architecture students , Sustainable design , Vietnam
Hoang, H.-Y. (2021) ‘Urban agriculture in office buildings, applications for the teaching of office buildings design projects for Architectural students in Vietnam’, EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June.