Hanoi architecture goes on show

Titled “Hanoi Architects with Hanoi, the exhibition displayed various artworks created by architects such as Dinh Hai, Tran Hoang Hai and Pham Anh Quan, and their projects to improve living space in the capital city.   They aim to preserve memories of the past at a time when Hanoi is changing day by day because of urbanisation, gradually losing its long-treasured charms. The sketches preserve the city’s heritage and help people who live here gain a deeper understanding of it.The exhibition also showcased mixed media artworks created by 40-year-old artist Nguyen The Son.Son’s reliefs depicts the prototypes of several typical apartment buildings called “nha tap the” in Hanoi, which have housed thousands of people including Kim Lien, Thanh Nhan, Thai Ha, Giang Vo and Nguyen Hong.His art is unique. To make his works lively, Son took pictures then created 3D reliefs with printed pictures that were pasted onto a solid backing.The public can also see photographs of these apartment buildings with the “tiger cages” that residents build to extend their living spaces.He also displayed artworks reflecting houses facing the street. Visitors can understand the rapid change in which residents have taken to erecting huge billboards that cover their entire house fronts and compete for the viewer’s attention with their bright colours.“Instead of windows and balconies which facilitate the communication between neighbours, tall billboards seal the houses off, both towards the street, the outside, as well as the inside,” said the artist. “What remains is a lightless living space behind the… [Read full story]


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