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The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

Terra Cotta Studio / Tropical Space

22:00 - 17 July, 2016
Terra Cotta Studio / Tropical Space, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Điện Phương, Điện Bàn, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu
  • Area

    98.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

LT House / Tropical Space

17:00 - 15 June, 2016
LT House  / Tropical Space, © Trieu Chien
© Trieu Chien

© Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Long Thành District, Dong Nai, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Thi Thuy
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Wasp House / Tropical Space

22:00 - 20 January, 2016
Wasp House / Tropical Space, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Quang Dam © Quang Dam © Quang Dam © Quang Dam +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh 70000, Vietnam
  • Design Team

    Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu, Nguyen Thi Thuy
  • Area

    73.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Termitary House / Tropical Space

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thanh Khê District, Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Nguyen Hai Long, Phan Quang Vinh, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Trinh Thanh Tu
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +36