Restoration Projects in Hanoi's Old Quarter

March 11, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall 319, Tokioka Room Add to Calendar

The Old Quarter of Hanoi – the "36 Streets and Corporations" neighborhood–is at the historic heart of this great trading city, dating back 1,000 years. The neighborhood bears the marks of its history.

The street names still recall the goods that were produced there or that still are today, as with Silk Street, Cotton Street, Iron Street, Sugar Street, and so on.

The urban fabric reflects the former urban organization into 36 corporation-based hamlets. This spatial and social organisation is to be seen in the presence of an outstanding immaterial heritage, with the pursuit of crafts going back to time immemorial and the presence of a host of locally based traditional activities in the streets.

Thus, the urban space thrives with activity: craftsmen working or selling their ware out on the street, the many small restaurants, street hawkers and shop goods overflowing out onto the pavements.

Furthermore, a rich architectural heritage subsists as attested to by a host of remarkable old buildings, including dwellings of truly great value, communal houses, temples and pagodas. The neighbourhood’s architecture is in particular marked by three styles: traditional Vietnamese and Chinese constructions, French colonial architecture in the neo-classical style then Art Deco.

Nguyen Minh Trang holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Hanoi and is completing a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Toulouse. She's worked extensively in the field of urban conservation and new design in historic contexts.

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