Three offbeat ideas to improve capital’s public spaces

Phnom Penh is a diverse and dynamic city that has so much to offer. However, it is clear that the capital is lacking of parks and public spaces. 

There are limited places for people to gather and socialize. Such as strips along the riverside, Preah Sumarit Boulevard and Russian Federation Boulevard. These places often crowded in the evening as the children treat it as a playing ground, skaters, line dance or aerobics, treated as a badminton court.

Hence, playgrounds and public parks play a vital role in the social life of local communities, which able to promote both mental and physical wellbeing.

Many developers had started to include communal spaces in their development in order to shape up the city to meet the market demand.

Phnom Penh-based architecture and design firm – COLE, is keen to push forward the development of public spaces in the city. The firm drew up three unique ideas by creating more green space for the capital: 

Open up temple grounds

Imagine removing the walls around these magnificent temples and replacing them with trees. Able to provide people with great places to sit and enjoy the bustling street life.

Check out the map above whereby plotted a few big pagodas in the city. Opening them up would ensure that almost every neighbourhood has its own dedicated public space.

Create pedestrian streets

Street 240 would make a great pedestrian priority zone. This could be done by creating a green walking loop between the Royal Palace and Independence Monument. Tourists and locals alike would relish the chance to stroll between the two sites.

Make a unified Embassy District

Creating a new Embassy District would free up prime land which is already landscaped. This would add both pocket parks and large centrally located parks for all Phnom Penh residents to enjoy. 

Another benefit of creating a new Embassy District would be the rejuvenation of an outlying area of the city. It would attracts more people and help business flourish.


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