In Ho Chi Minh City, as in many developing cities, there are those who support new development and those who support preservation. These two approaches are often characterised by their opponents as either destructive or nostalgic.
In this modern era we assume that our cities will endure forever, despite evidence of past cities and civilisations that have imploded or vanished.
As modern Vietnam moves to a Korean or Singaporean style of apartment living, questions of how this will affect feelings of community remain unanswered.
Almost every major city has its Chinatown. Cholon in Ho Chi Minh City — spanning Districts 5, 6 and 11 — is the largest in the world.
One woman’s search into Hanoi’s glorious past.
Blink and they soon may all be gone
A former British-settled port town, George Town in Malaysia is known for its multicultural heritage and vibrant street food scene. Yet it has something else to attract the erstwhile traveller — architecture and art. Words by Edward Dalton. Photos by Julie Vola and Edward Dalton
An architect and an urban planner, Ed Haysom is involved first-hand in the creation of residential and non-residential projects in Vietnam. Photo by Bao Zoan
When I was a kid I never noticed old buildings. I believed that Vietnam should look modern, that newer is better. But when I took up photography, I began seeing things differently. I looked up, looked around, and suddenly the structure and details of these buildings began to intrigue me.