The Old Alley’s Way of Life: Architecture Office in Hao Sy Phuong, Vietnam

Called hutong in Beijing, lilong in Shanghai, soi in Bangkok, roji in Tokyo, golmok in Seoul and gang in Jakarta—alleyways are ubiquitous across Asian urban landscapes, each with their own spatial morphology and sociocultural composition. Urban researchers have noted that alleys/lanes are important sites of daily activity, shaped by various forces to present a mix […]

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Brick House by the River: Pi House

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In the northern mountainous provinces of Vietnam, there is a type of vernacular house called the Trinh Tuong, standing for over 100 years with rammed earth walls (a technique now known as pisé). Such walls are completely handmade by compressing earth into even and flat cubes, which allows houses to be constructed without steel reinforcement. […]

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Multi-functional basics: Binh Thuan House by MIA Design Studio

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This home for a young family of four exemplifies how “basic is best”, focusing on necessities when faced with constraints. Designed with a limited budget, and constructed remotely during the pandemic with local builders, the architects concentrated on key elements of residential buildings. “The basics are the organisation of daylight, natural ventilation, and creating functional […]

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Touch of Change: Writing New Memories Into Saigon’s ‘Frozen’ Peninsula | FAP 2022 Merit

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The neighbourhood in Thanh Da peninsula has been described as being ‘frozen in time’. It is one of the oldest residential areas in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), bordered on all sides by the Saigon River and a canal, connected to the mainland by an access road. Due to a long history of stalled projects, […]

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