Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:18

The Heterogeneous Ho Chi Minh City Sidewalks

Recently there has been an effort to clean up the sidewalks of Ho Chi Minh City. The general motivation behind this effort originates from the notion that Ho Chi Minh City sidewalks are messy and chaotic, reflecting a city that is undeveloped and uncivilised.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:02

What’s a City?

What makes a place a city? Is a city a collection of roads and buildings or the area within a line drawn on a map?

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 18:10

Renovating Ho Chi Minh City

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.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:38

The Sustainable City

In this modern era we assume that our cities will endure forever, despite evidence of past cities and civilisations that have imploded or vanished.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:00

Pedestrianising District 1

Nguyen Hue in Central Saigon

There is a current proposal to establish a designated pedestrian zone in District 1.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:14

The Villas in District 3

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With a lot of interest in preserving the colonial heritage in District 1, it is perhaps worth looking at District 3 and its relationship with District 1.

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Monday, 13 March 2017 06:32

Textures of the City: Part 2

Last month I discussed curtain-wall buildings and their effect on the image of the city, and how by their design they heated the city — their air-conditioning systems, while working hard to keep their occupants cool, simultaneously throw out heat into the outside air. This month I will discuss apartment buildings and their contribution to the texture of the city.

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:37

Textures of the City: Part 1

To help understand what this topic is about, please cast your mind back to before Starbucks arrived in the city, to when you could go into any café, sit down and be served. After Starbucks arrived you needed to go to the counter, place and pay for your order, and then return to pick it up. No more service! Why? To save Starbucks money, and when they did it, it was then okay for the other chains to follow suit and they did.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:37

Peeling Back the Layers

The physical building layers of a city always have a fascination for me. A good word that describes these layers is palimpsest, which means “scraped clean and used again”. It is often used in architectural circles to denote an object made or worked on for one purpose and later reused for another.

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Monday, 05 December 2016 17:06

Freedom of the City

A continuing interest to me is understanding how cities work or don’t work. What shapes cities and how is it that they attain their special character? And what elements of cities most influence their character?

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