IV-6.”Urbanization and Sustainable Development of Hanoi”(H22-23 FY2010-2011)

  • Project Leader : Yonezawa Go (Graduate School of Creative Cities, Osaka City University)
  • Collaborators : Funabiki Ayako (The Institute of Natural Sciences, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University)
  • : Ota Shoichi (Center for Cultural Heritage, Kyoto Institute of Technology)
  • : Sekino Tatsuki (Center for Coordination, Promotion and Communication, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
  • : Sakurai Yumio (The University of Tokyo, Professor Emeritus)
  • : Shibayama Mamoru (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

Outline of Research

“Urbanization and Sustainable Development of Hanoi” aims to clarify human behavior and society of urban Hanoi together with studies on natural terrain, the environment, and subsurface structure in the Red River delta in Vietnam. In order to carry out the project, an Area-Informatics approach will be introduced based on spatiotemporal analyses adding historical research on transformations from Hanoi’s traditional city form to its present “modern ages” city formation since the 19th Century. In particular, this IPCR project aims to examine the aspect of “Water” from the view point of sustainable development in Hanoi.


The project has two aims; (1) to clarify the urbanization and transformation of Hanoi in three periods such as before 1873, being under French colonial rule, and after French colonial periods for the process of transition and transformation in local communities associated with village location, boundary, and facilities. (2) It aims to analyze an aspect of human and social behavior integrating features on the ground, the surface, and the subsurface structures based on studies on natural terrain and the environment, phenomenon, and underground structures, Red River delta with an analysis on geological features on boring investigations of the hydrological environment, and Red River embankment construction.

Most urban studies have individually and independently discussed the physical environment and its accumulation, human behavior, phenomena, and so on. This project hopes to contribute in providing integrated clarification for urban studies by including the natural environment, natural terrain, and the social environment on a historical axis (time axis) to a spatial aspect. It is hoped that this will lead to the creation of new paradigm in Area Studies integrating historical space, micro-topography changes, subsurface structures, and urban foundations.

The research results will be submitted to Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS) within this fiscal year.

GIS polygon data of Hanoi Old Quarter

3D Visualization of Old Quarter usig GIS