Urbanist Hanoi

in Natural Selection

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.

in Natural Selection

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. 

in Environment

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 Development

[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.

in Health

Maternity Mortality Rates Fall; Contraceptive Rates Rise in Vietnam: Health Ministry

Maternal mortality rates have dropped nearly 75% since the 1990s, from 233 per 100,000 live births to 58.3.

in Tech

New Zero-Commission Ride-Hailing Platform to Launch in Vietnam in July

The blockchain-based platform wants a piece of the ride-hailing pie in Vietnam following Uber's retreat from Southeast Asia's market.

in Development

One of Hanoi’s Last Remaining Wet Markets, Chau Long, Is Still Standing Strong, But for How Long?

Located in the center of Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District, Chau Long Market stands in stark contrast to the surrounding urban residences and bustling streets. It is one of the last remaining traditional marke...

in Development

Opinion: In Response to the Surreal Rise of Vietnam's Gated Communities

Our recent article on gated communities generated a lot of conversation, and we’ve decided to publish this letter from a Hanoi-based expat in response. The views and opinions expressed ...

in Architecture

[Photos] This Brick 'Cave House' in Hanoi Is a Blast From the Past

The breathable home uses a double layer of recycled bricks to protect against the wind and sun while incorporating green elements and natural light.

in Architecture

[Photos] Bamboo Bridges the Gap Between Indoor and Outdoor Space in Hanoi Home

In the midst of the chaos and pollution of Hanoi, "A House in Trees" offers a sanctuary to its residents.

in Health

The Surprising Health Benefits Behind the Asian Squat

The Asian squat has been getting lots of attention these past few years, but most recently it has been revealed that there may be health benefits to this sitting position that is often coveted by west...

in Development

Opinion: The Surreal Rise of Vietnam's Gated Communities

Vietnam is shifting from the old world to the new. As socialism yields to capitalism, waves of foreign investment are reshaping both the nation’s values and its landscapes. In rural areas, these winds...

in Architecture

[Photos] Hiding From the Clamor of Hanoi in a Serene Retreat up High

Atelier 12’s new apartment redesign attempts to answer the question, “how you can live horizontally with only one direction of daylight?"

in Health

In Nha Trang, a Bacterium Is Fighting Dengue, One Mosquito at a Time

Just north of Nha Trang, the World Mosquito Program (WMP) is carrying out a project aimed at one day eliminating the risk of contracting dengue from mosquitoes.

in Architecture

[Photos] This Cafe in Ha Dong District Is an Ode to Industrial Chic

Fans of industrial style might find this coffee shop in Hanoi a perfect location to enjoy a cup of joe or two during the weekend.

in Health

Vietnam PM Directs Education Ministry to Ban Sales, Advertising of Soft Drinks in Schools

Are soft drinks to blame for Vietnam’s impending child obesity epidemic?

in Tech

Dangerous North Korean Hacker Group Targets Vietnam, Japan, Middle East

The group, called Reaper (code name: APT37), was previously responsible for several attacks on private and public entities in South Korea, North Korean defectors, and even individuals involved with th...

in Development

What’s Inside Hanoi’s Upcoming Entirely Made-in-Japan Smart Town?

In less than a decade, some Hanoi residents might be able to live and work in a smart town that’s built entirely with Japanese technologies.

in Architecture

[Photos] Hanoi's Stunning Koi-Inspired Cafe Has an Entire Ecosystem Inside It

Designed by a group of architects at Farming Architects, the "Koi Cafe" in Hanoi is not only an architectural gem but also a self-sustaining aquaculture and hydroponics eco-system. 

in Tech

How the Creator of Zalo, Vietnam's Home-Grown Chat App, Went From Hacker to Manager

Vietnam's popular chat app and social media platform, Zalo, was born from its creator's curiosity about hacking.

in Health

New Study Shows Link Between Some Traditional Herbal Remedies and Liver Cancer

Some herbs that are used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have been linked to liver cancer across Asia.

in Development

Vingroup, T&T Want to Undertake Feasibility Studies for 3 Metro Lines in Hanoi

Two local conglomerates have expressed interest in conducting feasibility studies for three metro routes in Hanoi.