The making of space through arts and crafts

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

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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