‘For all its inconveniences, Laing was satisfied with life in the high-rise.’
– J.G. Ballard, High-Rise.
How many times haven’t I heard, since I landed in Saigon, complaints about how fast the city is transforming? I wanted to know what the Vietnamese youth, especially those who are meant to make the city, think about it. Tâm, Ha, Lê, Khoa and Viêt agreed to answer my questions. They are all from Vietnamese universities (HCMC school of Architecture and Van Lang University), except Viêt who studied in Japan and England.
Ho Chi Minh City, Viêt Nam, is under spectacular urban renewal; in each and every district, (re)development projects are mushrooming. Yet as it seems to grow uncontrolled, the city’s identity is at stake. Here are a few thoughts about what makes the soul of our cities.
In Hong-Kong, Sundays are off for the majority of administrations and companies. Central districts, bustling by the week, are now evolving at a quiet pace. Yet, if white collars have deserted the streets, they’ve been replaced by another part of the population. Every Sunday, domestic workers take over the city’s public spaces to enjoy their rest day.
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