The Mekong river is complex and shared by different countries with different interests: for these reasons, it offers a perfect observatory of forecasting challenges.
As we already know, deltas will be the first territories to be affected by climate change and are already illuminating the current upheavals.
Qualified as «hydraulic», «superior» or even «risk cultures», deltaic populations have demonstrated, over centuries and disturbances, their ability to a design smart and «located» architecture's and urban planning's. These practices, spontaneous and informal, create meaning and allow cohabitation in an environment in perpetual transformation. However, we can observe today that development policies in risk areas tend to impose a rigid urban and architectural model, in direct contradiction with local principles of "resilience": flexible and adaptive systems.
At the same time, climate change, the never-ending race for rapid development and resources consumption, and the difficulty of local governments to improve the living conditions of these precarious populations, are leading people to adapt even more to survive. But until when?
A better understanding of people's adaptation process in architecture and urban planning could help local authorities and risk managements policies to face forecasting crisis.