“hem hem” was a multi-media exhibition that staged the soundscape of vernacular urban Ho Chi Minh City (commonly called Saigon) in an attempt to “visualise the hearing”, to manifest the body of urban sounds and provoke reflections about the representations triggered by un/familiar sounds.
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.
Two young Saigonese women share their stories, from poverty to social reintegration.
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.
From Cairo, Surakarta to Ho Chi Minh City, attempts to relocate street-vendors are met with civil society claims to recognize their economic and urban value.