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

Hanoi Is Considering Building a Second Airport to the South

To accommodate the capital’s rising demand for air travel, Hanoi officials are considering building a second airport.

in Environment

Dr. Plastic, the Hanoi Duo Who Give New Life to Single-Use Plastic

Plastic pollution is considered one of the main environmental threats to our planet’s health.

in Environment

New Directive Aims to Strengthen Illegal Wildlife Trade Enforcement

On July 23, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc issued a new directive with the aim of tightening control against illegal wildlife trade and consumption.

in Health

Over 20,000 Hanoians Who Visited Da Nang to Be Tested for Covid-19

The mass testing comes as Vietnam races to stem a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus centered in Da Nang.

in Development

Hanoi Approves Design of New Tu Lien Bridge Over Red River

It will be called the Tứ Liên Bridge and was designed in part by Sun Group.

in Environment

High Chemical Levels Detected in Air Following Warehouse Fire

Heads up, Hanoians!

in Tech

GoViet to Be Renamed Gojek Vietnam to Merge With Indonesian Parent App

Say goodbye to GoViet and hello to Gojek.

in Environment

7 Jailed for 32 Years in Total for Poisoning Pine Trees in Lam Dong


in Development

Covid-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Delay Delivery of Hanoi Metro Trains to End of 2020

Disruptions in global shipping, shuttered factories and supply chain interruptions mean the trains for Hanoi's second metro line will arrive from France later than expected.

in Health

With Good Results on Mice, Vietnam Hopes to Trial Covid-19 Vaccine on Humans in 2021

The vaccine is currently being tested on mice.

in Health

New Study Shows Coronavirus Strains in Vietnam's Field Rats, Guano Farms

Data from a study published in July 2020 suggests that, by the time field rat meat reaches restaurant tables, more than half of it is infected with coronaviruses.

in Environment

Phu Yen Partners With WWF to Reduce Plastic Waste by 30% in 5 Years

The plan is the result of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aimed at reducing non-biodegradable waste.

in Health

Hai Phong Company Fined $4,300 for Sourcing Water From Dirty Ditch

Liem Son sourced its water from a canal filled with agricultural run-off and passed it off as coming from a thousand-year-old source in the mountains.

in Tech

South Korean Delivery App Beamin Expands to Hanoi

South Korea's Baemin has started schlepping bún chả, trà sữa and bánh gối across the capital.

in Architecture

[Photos] Hue's 'Lotus House' Makes Wheelchair-Friendly Design Its Focal Point

Apart from its lotus-inspired motifs and clean contemporary elements, Lotus House in Hue is also special as a rare example of Vietnamese architectural design that takes into consideration the needs of...

in Environment

Hanoi Public School Becomes First in City With Solar Power System

It is part of a program to install solar panels at local schools.

in Tech

Ubisoft Opens Studio in Da Nang to Produce Mobile Games

In the near future, a select number of Ubisoft game fans in Vietnam will not only be able to play their favorite titles, but also have a role in their production.

in Environment

Hanoi to Deploy Water Trucks to Keep Dust, Summer Heat at Bay

Hanoi authorities are planning to re-deploy water trucks to city streets to keep dust and heat at bay in the sweltering summer months.

in Development

Hanoi Officials Reject $50m Request From Chinese Metro Contractor

Hanoi officials have refused to pay the Chinese metro contractors their demand of US$50 million in advance to perform a test run on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong line in Hanoi.