The making of space through arts and crafts

The discourse on arts and craft in Vietnam has changed enormously over the last decades. These changes were accelerated by the effects of the Đổi Mới reforms and the government’s post-war nation-building policies, the urge to catch up with and integrate into the...

Lineage Hall – spiritual life of the city

This project looks at the lineage hall[i] (clan ancestral hall) typology in Hue city to examine the connection between architecture and place-making, cultural production, spiritual experiences, collective memories, and identity construction. Among the many cities in...

From the Garden House to the Garden City

Across a millennium-long history of foreign occupation, Vietnam has been the site of diverse cultural influence including the importation of Chinese and French plant species and garden types that were adapted to a tropical climate and local spatial practices. Though...

Research Summary: Willows on the Wall

The embedding of colorful broken ceramic shards on the façade of monumental buildings is a common sight in the city of Huế, and the practice continues today as signifiers of new power and prestige in places like An Bằng. While a majority of these decorations were...

Chinese Text as Ornament

Returning to Huế again in December, the weather was a lot more cooperative and even chilly after weeks of non-stop rain. I caught a lucky break in between the rains for a few dry and sunny days. Much of the tourist crowds I saw in the summer had largely left, leaving...
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