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[Photos] A Dreamy Da Nang House to Nurture Future Generations in Nature

Named after Chi and Vi, the daughters of the owners of the house, Chivihouse is the brainchild of the architects at Hinz Studio, based in Saigon and Da Nang.

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Proposed Hai Phong–China Train Route Raises Concerns Over Hefty Price Tag

From Hai Phong, the 390-kilometer line would run through Hanoi and Lao Cai before reaching China’s Hekou County.

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[Photos] Above Quang Ngai’s Red Roof House, a Vegetable Garden Thrives

The house was built for a middle-aged couple in their 50s who have been living in the area for most of their lives.

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JICA Suggests Urban Railways Could Help Reduce Air Pollution in Hanoi, Saigon

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is helping authorities to develop a measuring, reporting and verification system for Vietnam’s urban railway systems.

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E-Waste: How the Ghosts of iPhones Past Haunt Vietnam's Low-Income Communities

The current e-waste crisis in Vietnam is one example of global environmental apartheid.

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The Campaign Aiming to End Vietnam's Gruesome Buffalo Fights

Sharpened horns, gashed eyes and slashed skin are hallmarks of buffalo fighting festivals that animal rights organizations are trying to close down.

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Vo Trong Nghia Studio Wins Dezeen’s 'Architect of the Year' Award

Vo Trong Nghia and his studio have established a reputation both in Vietnam and elsewhere for incorporating local and inexpensive materials in their designs.

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Being Human: How Can We Cope With Climate Change Grief?

Urbanist Hanoi is proud to announce ‘Being Human,’ our new series dedicated to mental health.

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[Photos] Take a Tour of Hanoi’s Pint-Sized Architecture Studio

These days, every architecture firm in Vietnam is after pretty much the same thing: trying to bring light, air and more space to the country’s cramped urban buildings.

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[Video] Where Horticulture Meets Corporate Culture: How a Japanese Office Brings Farming Closer to Its Workers

As humans have become increasingly urban creatures, a disconnect between our life in the city and our food sources has created numerous challenges. These include the distances our food travels, contri...

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Vietnamese Doctor Wins Japan's Prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize for Work in Pediatric Surgery

The Nikkei Asia Prize is an annual award that recognizes people who have improved lives in Asia.

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Ever Wonder What Happens to Your Plastic Bags? Ask Hanoi’s Informal Recycling Army.

Lacking an effective official scheme, Hanoi relies on an army of informal workers to recycle its waste – a situation that hasn't changed over the last four decades.

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From Gadgets to Groceries: The Story of The Gioi Di Dong Founder Nguyen Duc Tai

Few would have predicted Nguyen Duc Tai, the son of a poor sticky-rice street vendor, would grow up to be Vietnam’s leading cell phone store visionary.

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[Photos] Ample Lighting, Natural Wood Tones and Glass Terraria Make a Dreamy Cafe in Hanoi

Deep inside the harmonious chaos that is Hanoi, a Vietnamese firm has given form to a coffee shop that's one part mini-arboretum and another urban jungle.

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[Photos] Inside Le Duc Ha’s Remarkable Terra Cotta Studio

In rural Quang Nam, a Vietnamese architecture firm has created an artist studio that’s as much a masterpiece as the handcrafted pottery it holds.

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Hanoi's Lotus-Shaped Theater Project Nipped in the Bud

Officials sprayed weed killer over the planned Hanoi Lotus Theater.

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[Photos] Past and Present Mingle in Hanoi’s ‘Attic Apartment’

When it comes to the scores of cramped and aging homes in urban Vietnam, local architects have a knack for transforming these unusual spaces into not only liveable but trendy and functional housing.

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After 2 Decades in the Clear, Vietnam Is Once Again Iodine Deficient

The country's iodine intake has been dropping since 2006.

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Investors Propose Building an Artificial Island in Da Nang Bay Named 'Lotus Island'

What could go wrong?

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[Photos] Hanoi Salon’s Architecture Appeals to All the Senses

Though residential dwellings seem to be the most common subject of Vietnam’s modern architecture efforts, H&P Architects was recently tasked with renovating a run-down hairdressing salon in Hanoi’s Va...

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Sharks, Anchors and Red Tape: Why It Takes Forever to Fix Vietnam's Broken Internet Cables

Are the sharks all to blame, or should other aquatic creatures also be held responsible for Vietnam’s sluggish internet?

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The Story of Giang Nguyen, Grab's First Blind Coder

Saigon native Giang Nguyen was born completely blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from succeeding as a coder for Singapore-based ride-share app Grab.

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[Photos] A Green Oasis in the Heart of Hanoi

With Hanoi’s environment getting worse by the minute, a group of architects has attempted to create a dash of green scenery to brighten up this Dong Da abode.

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Vietnam to Build a Code of Conduct for Internet Users

The prevalence of online hate speech is a growing concern for authorities.

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[Photos] Chau Doc's 'Corrugated Metal' Home by the River

After a makeover, a once-precarious home in Chau Doc has been transformed into a contemporary home without looking out of place in a traditional riverside neighborhood.

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Meet Nguy Thi Khanh, Vietnam's First Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

Late last month Nguy Thi Khanh, an environmentalist based in Hanoi, became the first Vietnamese national to win the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

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Q&A: The Wisdom of Hanoi’s Weatherdude

With storm season spinning into town in just a few weeks, there’s never been a better time to sit down with the fount of climate knowledge that is Hanoi’s Weatherdude.

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[Renderings] What the Nhon-Hanoi Metro Line Will Look Like in the Future

As the capital's Cat Linh - Ha Dong urban railway inches closer to the finish line, construction on the Nhon - Hanoi Station route has once again been prolonged to 2021.