From the Publisher: July 2016's issue of a+u is dedicated to the works of Vietnamese architect, Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The issue features 18 works.
Above all, VTN's work is concerned with how they can contribute as architects to cities and society in Vietnam and proposes three solutions for the rapidly-growing cities in the country, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi: bamboo architecture, green architecture, and low-cost houses. Their work is informed by a renewed evaluation of traditional Vietnamese lifestyles, but it is not nostalgic.
The issue explores not only their signature bamboo architecture but also more recent green interventions in urban setting.
Can a single architect change the future of Vietnam's cities? One hopes that Vietnam's cities will be able to develop without losing sight of the best in the country's traditions or its love of tropical greenery, light, and natural breezes.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Statement: What Can Architects Do in an Age When Nature Is Being Destroyed by Human Acquisitiveness?
Vo Trong Nghia
Essay: The Meaning of Creating Architecture in Vietnam
Pham Thuy Loan
Column: The Steel of the 21st Century: Bamboo
Essay: Of Regionalism Past and a Sustainable Future:A Perspective on Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Green Renovation 2
Nanoco – Panasonic Lighting Showroom
Essay Series: Engineering bamboo – a green alternative under basic research Part 3
Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel (Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel, Alireza Javadian,Mateusz Wielopolski, Simon Lee, Philipp Müller,Karsten Schlesier)