1 week exhibition

Collaborative research and a series of installations created by participants of the Urbanist Camp program



In addition to the exhibition, a series of city walks, workshops and discussions will be organized in a period of one-week


in Ho-Chi-Min City

for Cities Week will be held in Uom Art Hub in Ho-Chi-Min City, Vietnam, in collaboration with Studio Anettai

Urbanist Camp

Tokyo-based urban experience design studio ‘for Cities’ has held an “Urbanist Camp” over the month of May in Ho Chi Minh City. Together, for Cities and the Camp participants have conducted urban research throughout the city.


As a final output of the program, we organized a pop-up exhibition in the final week to showcase the research and findings of the participants who gathered from various countries and backgrounds. Each of the 12 participants was encouraged to find their own theme of interest during their stay, and they conducted independent research along with the collective field research and visits.

The projects below which were submitted as part of our campaigns online were introduced in a slideshow.




GREEN ATLAS (#MoreThanHumanScale)

Venue design

The space was organized around elements and materials native to Saigon, in collaboration with studio anettai, an architectural design office and 3D visualization team based in Vietnam.

Exhibited work

Between Kindness

By Sakura Tsuru / Yukiko Ishi

Where does the “kindness” that makes this city so attractive come from? It is, of course, the flat and comfortable distance between the people who live here, and also between people —like us — from outside. Let’s reconsider the elements of the city as inherently being a source and an echo chamber for the city’s kindness.

Women’s Experience Matters

By Narumi Shibata

A female perspective and experience is often neglected in our everyday lives in cities, due to the male-centered process of planning. What can we learn about Saigon though women’s experiences? Through this lens, we posit the opportunity for a more just city, inclusive of those who have been excluded from their own urban spaces.

Circular Roofs

By Emiri Ito

​​Thatched roofs are both traditional and modern. This traditional technique emerged in response to nature, but because Vietnamese thatch is thinner than that of Japan, it needs to be replaced more frequently depending on the weather. How can today’s thatched roofs maintain their natural and economic two-fold sustainability?

How We Live With Trees

By Hana Mizuki

​​Saigonians seemingly add tools to indigenous objects, especially trees, and live with them. The objects’ users are not always the owners of the indigenous objects. In this work, visitors will experience, actively or passively, how people live with trees in Saigon.

Evening Society

By Mirei Nakamura

​​The city is constantly crowded, day and night. At different hours it shows differing landscapes of crowdedness. How do the inhabitants of this young city engage with the city at night, when the sun hides away and the breeze blows pleasantly?

Live performance

By María Caballero Pons

The increase of electric bikes in Vietnam seems to have had an impact on the resilience of this city, due to air pollution and health risks. The advent of shared mobility may also have caused changes in labor. What are the socioeconomic realities of the shared mobility which is unique to this region? How will Saigon’s urban mobility future look like in the context of Mobility Justice?

How to Stay Cool

by Mariko Sugita

Hard, dry surfaces in urban areas — such as roofs, sidewalks, roads, buildings, and parking lots — provide less shade and moisture than natural landscapes and thus contribute to higher temperatures. Living on our warming planet, How can we stay cool during the hottest seasons in a city? How can we strategically create refuge from the high temperatures that are increasingly becoming an issue in many urban areas of the world?

City Is Our Dance Floor

by Satoko Akune

The city is full of fun things, especially in the evening — the bars, clubs, music events, and cinemas, just to name a few. Saigon’s night time economy also has a lot to offer! The industries associated with nightlife, including pubs, bars and theaters are a great way to not only have fun in the city, but also unpack its soul, culture and people.

Grow City

by Yukako Ishikawa

In Vietnam, the average age is about 30 years old. The average age in Japan today is about 50.

Saigon is young, energetic, and has a sense that something is about to begin. In this expanding city, what do the young people, mainly under the age of 30, do? Who will pioneer the set of values driving the country’s future, and what will they “grow”? In this research, I explore what will be passed on to the future city from the current environs.

Space of Street Art

by TAZ

Street art has been prevalent in Vietnam for a decade now, but due to the pandemic, it has gone downhill in recent years. Both early pioneers and younger generations of artists seem to feel that the current level of street art is “not enough”. With people from all over the world beginning to visit the area again, how can we connect local artists and strangers? Can the “Open Art Room” project expand the art scene’s dreams for the future?

Color Space

by Ryuto Nishimura

Saigon has a different palette of colors compared to the cities I know. The colors of buildings, signs, goods, food on the streets, clothes that people wear, even the trees and flowers have their own unique colors. We can begin to grasp the visual and physical rhythm of the city from these colors.

Workshops & Activities
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Ugly Building Tour

With participants and for Cities, this city walk takes you to the “ugly” side of Saigon city and encourages you to share what you don’t like and consider as “ugly” in the city. The mission here is not to negatively criticize something specific - rather, to recognize WHY we think that way, to discover what we cherish the most in our urban landscape. Photo Gallery

City Collage Workshop

In collaboration with Cécile Ngọc Sương Perdu, a designer and artist based in Mekong Delta, this workshop invited people to think about the future of Saigon, one of the fastest growing cities. The program encouraged participants to share stories about what they want to preserve and cultivate for the future, and to express their ideas in a single collage piece using natural and printed materials. Photo Gallery

Urbanist Meetup

As part of the closing event for Cities Week 2023, we had a casual presentation session to introduce our monthly-long collaboration with Studio Anettai, who supported the Urbanist Camp program on-site and worked on the spatial design of the venue for Cities Week 2023. After the presentation, there was an open meet-up with people who were involved in the program as collaborators/partners or participants/visitors.

Live Painting

Vietnamese artist Alec Tru Ha offered a live painting of his cheerful drawing on a plastic tarp at the exhibition venue. The entire process was enjoyed by the visitors on site and our followers through Instagram live. Photo gallery


Uom Art Hub

Uom Art Hub is a newly established center for art and creative activities based in Ho-Chi-Minh City.

General info 📍

Date & Time: Pre-open: 2023 May 23 - 24 11:00 - 21:00 Exhibition: 2023 May 25 - 28 11:00 - 21:00 ※Last day is until 17:00

Venue:Ươm Art Hub 42/58 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Phường 7, Bình Thạnh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh HP:


Exhibition Design: Studio anettai

Participants: Hana Mizuki, Ryuto Nishimura, Narumi Shibata, Emiri Ito, Yasutomo Suzuki, Mirei Nakamura, María Caballero Pons, Taz, Sakura Tsuru, Yukiko Ishii, Satoko Akune, Daiki Kanaoka, Naoki Hayashi

Photography: Luân Trần

for Cities

for Cities is an urban experience design studio based in Japan, as well as an international collective of urban practitioners and thinkers working in Asia and beyond. The mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of cities and to build an international collective of emerging urbanists who act together to intervene in the existing paradigms.


studio anettai

Providing local research support on-site is supported by the architectural design office and 3D visualization team “Studio Anettai” based in Vietnam. The team is led by Japanese members Takahito Yamada, Nobuhiro Inudo, and Moe Watanabe.


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