Urbanist Hanoi

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Bồ Kết: When Nature Dreams of Bubbles and Silky Hair

The first memory I have of bồ kết was when it was concocted into something completely different from its unassuming, modest self.

in Parks & Rec

In a Schoolyard, a Close-Knit Community Spearheads Saigon's Archery Scene

Laser-focused gazes, shiny bows, colorful targets, and looking cool as hell: these are the components of a picture-perfect post one might find on the Instagram of any budding archer. But social media clout aside, there are other reasons why outdoor archery is slowly becoming a favorite pastime of some Saigoneers in the “new normal.”

in Environment

A Factory Where 'Dead Plastics' Are Reborn as Contemporary Furniture

Urbanist arrived at PLASTICPeople’s factory on a Friday afternoon after a long-winded ride on National Highway 1A. The sides of the road we took there were casually strewn with unpruned bushes, deposits of rocks and, expectedly, a heinous amount of trash, a fitting premonition of what we were about to witness.

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Lêkima: The Flower Worthy of a National Heroine

Don’t you find it bewildering when you have existed for centuries, and are suddenly thrust into stardom due to a small cameo in a nationalist saga?

in Society

Two People, 54 Ethnic Groups, One Photo at a Time

Through their photography project, Vietnam the People, Alden Anderson and Nguyễn Thị Yến Trinh have documented most of the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.

in Environment

Pure Passion Turns Dark: The Unexpected Dangers of the Wild Turtle Trade

Seeking a companion during quarantine, Khánh*, a 25-year-old Hanoian, bought a baby turtle through a Facebook group. 

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Conservation Project Seeks Local Filmmakers to Make Bear Documentary

FOUR PAWS Viet Wildlife Conservation Center is looking for a Vietnamese filmmaker to create a documentary about the stories of their rescued bears at the Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh.

in Natural Selection

Chó: The Four National Breeds of Vietnamese Doggos

It’s an inarguable fact that dogs are the purest of animals.

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in Architecture

[Photos] This Nam Dinh House Is an Ode to Vietnam's Beloved Banana Trees

Maison A in Nam Dinh Province was built for a client's aging mother. She is very fond of the banana trees that once occupied the space and the new house has the broad-leaf plant in abundance.

in Health

Cases of Dengue in Hanoi Increase Threefold From 2018

At least 548 dengue fever patients have been admitted to hospitals in Hanoi this year, marking a threefold increase from the same period last year.

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First-Ever Permanent Blood Donation Center Opens in Hanoi

Last Saturday, the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) opened a blood donation center in Hanoi, which marks a first for the capital.

in Architecture

[Photos] This Delta Brick House Eases Modernity Into Tradition

The high nail gets the hammer, so this new home in Tra Vinh aims to blend in with the traditional homes surrounding it.

in Environment

How Vietnam's Robusta Farms Could Transform Into Vital Carbon Sinks

Coffee is one of Vietnam’s most important agricultural products, a crop that grows so well in the country’s Central Highlands that it has become the world’s second-largest coffee producer.

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Da Nang to Get 2 New Centers for Transplant, Stem Cell Therapy, Neurosurgery

The two centers are going to be located inside the Da Nang Hospital compound.

in Tech

Vietnam Has a New Homegrown Social Media App. It's Called 'Hahalolo.'

The homegrown app promises to bring new experiences to the community of traveling enthusiasts.

in Society

Public Bicycles Are a Hit in Hoi An, Not So Much in Saigon and Hanoi

In 2018, Hoi An announced that it had officially launched a project to establish a bicycle network to make transport more sustainable.

in Architecture

[Photos] Blending in With Nature at a Rustic My Tho Coffee Shop

Set at canal-level, the serene coffee shop pays homage to the residents of the Mekong Delta who for centuries have built homes and communities betwixt channels, swamps and lakes.

in Health

Vietnam's Low Birth Weight Rate Among the Lowest in Asia-Pacific: Report

A recently published paper produced by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO) looks at birth weight data in 148 countries from 2000 to 2015.

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Vietnam Might Add Laughing Gas to List of Banned Narcotics

Although laughing gas is currently laxly regulated in Vietnam, local officials want to tighten restrictions on the consumption of the dangerous gas.

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Measles Cases Continuing to Rise Across Hanoi

Over 1,100 people are currently being treated for measles in Hanoi, a ten-fold increase compared to the same time last year.

in Society

How to Juggle Newfound Attention as an Introvert and One of Forbes' 30 Under 30

With a devious grin on her face, Hau snatched the oversized plush pillow resembling a tree trunk from my hands, exclaiming, “Mine! And third steal so no one can take it away.”

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Vietnam Drinks 15% More Beer Each Year. A New Alcohol Control Bill Tries to Curb That.

In 2018, Vietnam's total beer consumption reached over 4.67 billion liters, according to Nielsen statistics.

in Tech

Google Assistant Is Now Available in Vietnamese on Android Phones

After years in development, Google Assistant is now officially available in Vietnamese.

in Environment

The Fight to Save Cat Ba's Langurs and Unique Ecosystems

While approaching Hai Phong, a major city on Vietnam’s northeast coast, it is impossible to miss signs of the country’s fast-growing economic might. GDP growth hit just over 7% in 2018, and forei...

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Why Vietnamese Demand for Rhino Horn Is Unlikely to Decrease Anytime Soon

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa 1,100 rhinos were killed by poacher...