Smart Cities To Be At The Forefront Of Upcoming Forum

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With the next edition of the Cambodia Architect and Décor International Exhibition just around the corner, both government and private sector agree the future of the sector lies with the concept of ‘smart city’.

A building in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Organised by ICVeX Co Ltd in collaboration with the Cambodian Society of Architects, the third edition of the architecture and interior design forum will be held at Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 24-26.

“The event will push forward the development of the architecture and design sectors and help increase the quality of buildings in the kingdom,” said Phuong Sophean, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Land Management, speaking at a press conference yesterday.

“It will inspire the next generation of architects and interior designers,” he added.

Mr Sophean highlighted the importance of the smart city concept for the upcoming forum. “We want to get companies in the sector thinking about smart houses, smart offices and smart buildings.

“Smart cities increase people’s living standards and are beneficial to the economy,” he said, lamenting the apparent lack of smart building projects in the kingdom and inviting companies to join what has become a global trend in the industry.

A smart city is an urban area that uses information technology to manage assets and resources efficiently and increase the wellbeing of its population.

Chinakit Viphavakit, general manager of ICVeX, said the forum will present the perfect platform for companies in the sector to expand their network and share their expertise.

“This third edition will give participants many opportunities to learn and develop professionally,” he said, adding that there will be plenty of expert panels and presentations, as well as a design competition for students.

Tang Sochet Vitou, vice president of the Cambodian Society of Architects, said this year’s event will focus on increasing the quality of living and working spaces.

“With higher living standards and incomes, people in the country are demanding quality,” said Mr Sochet Vitou.

“The working place is important for a person’s quality of life, so this year we need to focus on improving offices and buildings through the use of creativity and technology and by incorporating elements of nature.”

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.

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