A design proposal for transforming the Phnom Penh riverside. (Ses Aronsakda)

Riverside’s Reinvention: The Case for Car-Free Sisowath Quay

Phnom Penh’s most valuable urban space is dominated by traffic that makes a mess between the riverfront and Royal Palace. In the first of a four-part series campaigning for a car-free Sisowath Quay, Ses Aronsakda highlights the idea’s potential for civic activity and commuters.

Traffic was quiet but flowed freely on November 10, 2022, at the start of the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Man Arrested for Crossing Key Asean Summit Road

Phnom Penh Municipal Police said the arrest happened around 1:20 p.m. along one of the main roads in Phnom Penh being used to shuttle Asean Summit VIPs to and from the Sokha Hotel in Chroy Changva.

Phnom Penh traffic restrictions and detours for November 10-13.

Asean Summit: Phnom Penh’s Traffic Plan

Phnom Penh will divert private vehicles away from four arterial roads in the capital from Thursday to Sunday as part of traffic management for the Asean Summit, City Hall said.

Illustration: Traffic cameras

Opinion: Cambodia Needs People-Centric Planning Before ‘Smart Cities’

Asean is promoting a “Smart City Network” of tech-focused solutions to the region’s urban problems. But there are simpler, cheaper and more sound urban policies without falling for the notion that technology is the answer to everything, writes Future Forum’s Ses Aronsakda.

A truck driving the wrong way down the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, in a warning photo posted by the road's operator.

Sihanoukville Expressway’s First Month Sees Chaotic Driving

In its inaugural toll-free month, the Phnom Penh-Sihanouk Expressway received about 20,000 vehicles daily and no shortage of growing pains, with some drivers speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road and stopping in the emergency lane to take pictures, a spokesperson for the Transport Ministry said Friday.

Opinion: Revitalizing Phnom Penh’s Streets as Destinations

Phnom Penh’s streets are among the city’s few fully public spaces, and are key to a more vibrant and livable city. Future Forum fellow Ses Aronsakda floats an idea for turning St. 184 into a people-friendly “shared street” from riverside to Monivong Blvd.