As an architect and developer, I’ve worked with many real estate and hospitality firms over the past 20 years. My projects have taken me to extraordinary locales around Indochina, my region of practice. And as a result, I have gained an understanding of the opportunities for upliftment in underserved communities there.
At r+ destinations, our approach to engagements is holistic. We want to create sustainable, mutually beneficial circular systems for the long term.
First, we must understand the challenges locals face in earning a living. They may be fishermen at coastal villages or they could be farmers living on low-lying land in a river delta. In farming areas, r+ agronomists review climate and soil conditions, then introduce suitable high-yield seeds to increase harvests sustainably.
These outcomes net the farmers a healthier income and, in many cases, have convinced a younger generation to view agriculture as a viable way of life and take pride in continuing their family traditions rather than leaving to seek employment in cities. We also innovate food products, such as processing fresh catch into fish crackers, which have a longer shelf life and can be sold for higher prices.