Archinect - News 2017-08-18T08:56:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150016032/the-s-house-prefab-system-hopes-to-bring-super-low-cost-housing-to-vietnam-and-the-rest-of-the-world The S House prefab system hopes to bring super-low-cost housing to Vietnam — and the rest of the world Alexander Walter 2017-07-05T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-07T23:39:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zp/zpfy021lqs0kvgtp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Known as &ldquo;S Houses,&rdquo; these prefab structures going up here in Ba Vi, about 30 miles from Vietnam&rsquo;s capital, Hanoi, are iterations of a prototype that Mr. Nghia has been honing since about 2013. [...] But Mr. Nghia says that his plan is to mass-manufacture this portable, easy-to-assemble design for people in slums, remote areas or refugee camps around the world, beginning later this year, all for the starting price &mdash; $1,500 &mdash; of about two iPhones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NYT</em> takes a closer look at the extremely affordable S House prefab system currently going up by the dozens in Vietnam, with a keen eye on the global super-low-cost market. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/76610883/vo-trong-nghia-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vo Trong Nghia Architects</a>, a design studio with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, S House was exhibited with a full-scale prototype at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134199282/chicago-architecture-biennial-finalizes-list-of-participants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>. <br></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3e/3e2qd7wljehvl47l.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3e/3e2qd7wljehvl47l.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>S HOUSE at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Photo: Steve Hall, Tom Harris, copyright: Hedrich Blessing, image via the architects' website.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>If the firm name sounds strangely familiar, Vo Trong Nghia Architects won the 2014 World Architecture Festival 'House' category with the spectacular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110274683/world-architecture-festival-2014-day-1-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House for Trees</a> project. VTN partner Masaaki Iwamoto is also a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98028871/wheelwright-prize-2014-finalists-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Wheelwright Prize finalist</a>.<br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012154/ho-chi-minh-city-s-historic-architecture-is-quickly-disappearing Ho Chi Minh City′s historic architecture is quickly disappearing Alexander Walter 2017-06-12T17:38:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:42:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Others are concerned the demolition of its famed French architectural gems will render Ho Chi Minh City indistinguishable from other Asian megacities. "In the 1960s and 1970s it was very much French, but now it's very Americanized, McDonald's on every corner," said Hiep Nguyen, born in Ho City Minh City and author of several books on its architectural history.&nbsp; "A streetscape without a story has no value," he added.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"City officials are now writing a nine-point plan to classify buildings and mark some for protection," <em>DW</em> writes, "but admit such a huge task could take years to be implemented."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996307/vietnam-s-architectural-past-is-being-erased-by-new-economic-forces Vietnam's architectural past is being erased by new economic forces Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:42:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:42:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the value of history? It's a question that keeps coming up around the world as new projects displace older architecture. In Vietnam, many of Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive (and, in many cases, French-colonial-era) structures are being dispatched to memory in favor of newer developments meant to stimulate the economy. As this article in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/vietnam-architectural-gems-disappearing/97098474/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a> notes:</p><p><em>Preservationists say developers and government officials are&nbsp;intent on making&nbsp;this city&nbsp;modern and care little for the vestiges of its colonial past. But destroying so many historic buildings, they warn, makes the city less livable and less attractive to tourists &mdash; which could undercut&nbsp;economic growth the government hopes to foster.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat Alexander Walter 2016-02-26T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qx/qx9z5nsjuzg9x1tx.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I realized is that they have very little power,&rdquo; Mr. Viet, 28, said of his fellow urban planners. &ldquo;The fates of the buildings were being decided by someone else.&rdquo; [...] when Ho Chi Minh City&rsquo;s property market perked up after a slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis, dozens of prewar buildings &mdash; spanning the colonial to modernist eras &mdash; were razed to make room for new ones. As the city&rsquo;s modest skyline grows, residents are watching with a mixture of awe and trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T16:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c119ef1a1dfc5a4b06eda341b50fe9f7.jpg" width="600" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>High-rise buildings and apartments are crowding small alleyways and residential areas, investors ignoring the huge pressure they are putting on already weak infrastructure. [...] Hai, a resident of Thanh Xuan District, said locals are most worried about the danger of fire [...] High-rise developments also put a huge strain on local power and water supplies, struggling sewage systems and storm-water drainage, creating more hazards for neighbouring residents.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110410415/a21studio-5468796-cook-robotham-and-others-win-big-at-this-year-s-world-architecture-festival a21studio, 5468796, Cook Robotham and others win big at this year's World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2014-10-03T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T14:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7p/7p7vc6cnaio6ksc4.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands closed on a festive note with the final top-prize winners being announced during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on October 3...The WAF "super jury" awarded the overall winning World Building of the Year award to The Chapel in Vietnam designed by Vietnamese architecture firm a21studio. Three projects in Victoria, Canada, Australia, and China also won major top awards, and two Inaugural Prizes were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p>World Building of the Year: The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v6/v6hany9y9sm5fend.jpg"></p><p>Future Project of the Year: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada, designed by 5468796 Architecture + number TEN architectural group</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8bwq5j3gtr2hvlh.jpg"></p><p>Landscape Project of the Year: National Arboretum Canberra, Australia, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hox5tp2qysohdzp.jpg"></p><p>Small Project of the Year: The Pinch, China, designed by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin, The University of Hong Kong</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9n3zquct3tzleno.jpg"></p><p><strong>INAUGURAL PRIZE WINNERS</strong><br>Colour Prize: Departments of Law and Central Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, designed by Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi01jp3a7q4iwdq1.jpg"></p><p>Wood Excellence Prize: Alex Monroe Studio, Snowfields, UK, designed by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxi4dnkgip8ppxos.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a21studios_the_chapel_in_vietnam_wins_the_waf_world_building_of_the_year_20/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106324364/hanoi-is-it-possible-to-grow-a-city-without-slums Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums? Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T13:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/91/9175aa7e40e0a6a69dd85b7d22799227.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hanoi has faced the same population pressures as other Asian cities. But thanks to vague and informal conventions, the state has been able to avoid extreme levels of disservice, even to the most impoverished new urban areas. And the construction of homes themselves has remained at least loosely connected to the regulations of the more formal suburbs. Together these factors have prevented the formation of slums as they are typically defined. But how has this come about?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84469788/vu-n-the-garden-by-bureau-a-for-duc-nguyen-qui-s-tadioto-in-hanoi-vietnam “Vu’òn - The Garden” by Bureau A for Duc Nguyen Qui’s Tadioto in Hanoi, Vietnam Justine Testado 2013-10-18T20:27:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:00:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25vb8yo2g4be1nbh.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Vu'&ograve;n - The Garden" by Swiss firm Bureau A is a temporary installation for the Tadioto, a gallery/bar/cafe/event space that Duc Nguyen Qui &mdash; a Vietnamese American journalist, writer, and artist &mdash; created for the blossoming creative community in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Tadioto is located in a section of a former penicillin factory from the Soviet era.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/8406023/som-designs-eco-urban-community-in-danang-vietnam SOM Designs Eco-Urban Community in Danang, Vietnam Alexander Walter 2011-06-01T14:17:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T13:04:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9gd9ezdb3mew5uxz.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill has recently been awarded the Master Plan commission for Golden Hills, an Eco-Urban Community in Danang, Vietnam. SOM&rsquo;s preliminary plan for a sustainable residential community at the edge of the city looks to set a new benchmark for ecologically-sensitive development in Vietnam. SOM is now working closely with the city planning authorities to finalize the project&rsquo;s design and ensure its delivery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>