THE ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE

Vietnam

The Architecture Experience – Vietnam takes participants on a 9 day journey across the country of Vietnam exploring projects which showcase sustainable practices through different perspectives and interpretations. The immersive experience gives students a chance to go beyond academic perceptions of Vernacular Sustainability, which focuses on integrating a sense of structural innovation with wide, open spaces, increased ventilation, usage of local resources, and building materials with cooling factors.

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VAC Library by Farming Architects, Image © Thai Thach, Viet Dung An

Image on top – Naman Retreat the Babylon hotel, Image © Hiroyuki Oki

9

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20

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3

cities

What is The Architecture Experience - Vietnam?

The best approach to growing as an architect is to learn from experiencing and observing. The Architecture Experience Vietnam aims to do just that – to take an existing project proposal and enhance its core architectural values by incorporating the ideals of Vernacular Sustainability studied on this tour. The Experience will be a nine day long curated educational tour for upto twenty participants, across 3 cities in Vietnam.

These visits will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainability. The visits will foster a deep understanding of building with nature with an inclination to local materials and techniques, while working on an existing project will illustrate the immediate applications and impacts of Vernacular Sustainability ideals on contemporary architecture.

Itinerary

In the 9 days, participants will get to work on their own project in sync with their subjects in college. These projects will be relevant for an urban Indian landscape, with inspiration taken from places visited during this Experience.

Bêtania by atelier OBJECTIFS. Image © Julien Barro

Morning arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Orientation on the structure of the tour visits and project. Finalisation of teams, and the participants’ individual roles and responsibilities within the team will be defined.

Places to visit: Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, Cau Bac Church.

Topics of discussionSpatial design principles, efficient planning, macro logic strategies.

Places to visit: Hanoi Museum, 1+1>2 architect studio, Sentia school, Pizza 4P’s Phan Ke Binh.

Topics of discussionAquaponics, sustainable micro-cultivation, symbiotic eco-system, usage of bamboo as a modern day material, interior landscaping.

Places to visit:

VAC library, Farming architects studio, Hanoi Ancient House, Government Guest House, Hanoi Opera House.

Late night arrival in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Topics of discussionGreen cover in buildings, versatility of bamboo, creating dialogues within spaces, micro-climate, minimalist form and material selection.

Places to visit: Naman retreat the Babylon, Naman retreat beach bar, 43 factory coffee roaster.

Day trip to Huế.

Topics of discussionLow-cost passive methods of cooling, rainwater harvesting, self-sufficiency.

Places to visit: Bêtania by atelier OBJECTIFS.

Topics of discussionCreating dialogues within spaces, micro-climate, minimalist form and material selection.

Places to visitCuckoo House, Terra Cotta Studio.

Early morning arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Topics of discussion: Renovation of heritage buildings, natural light and ventilation.

Places to visitFine Arts Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Central Post Office, People’s Committee Building, Siagon Opera House.

Topics of discussionFlexibility and strength of bamboo, different properties of bamboo, fusion of traditional and modern styles,

Places to visit: Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Tropical Space studio, Binh Quoi Village.

Culmination of the tour, brief on submission of proposals.

Afternoon departure to Bengaluru, India.

Upcoming batches

June 10 - June 19, 2019

July 10 - July 19, 2019

How Much Does It Cost?

INR 75,000

What does the cost include?

Domain Expert Guidance

Course Material

flights

hotels

breakfast and dinner

entry fees

visas

local & airport transfers

Our Partners

People

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Mohor Bose

Emboss Arts

Curator & Tour leader - The Architecture Experience

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Anup Naik

UrbanFrame

Panelist

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Rajeev Malagi

WRI

Panelist

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Sriram Kuchimanchi

Smarter Dharma

Panelist

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Ishita Shah

Faculty, Srishti Institute of art, design & technology

Panelist

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Giuseppe Morando

UrbanFrame

Panelist

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Kanika Gupta

Smarter Dharma

Panelist

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Sathya Prakash Varanashi

Sathya Consultants

Panelist

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Rosie Paul

Masons Ink Studio

Panelist

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Sridevi Changali

Masons Ink Studio

Panelist

Sustainable Development Goals

All our Experiences are aimed at implementing and solving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Goal no. 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ is key to our Experiences, since we work with a global team of experts to be able to add value to the learning of the participants. The Architecture Experience Vietnam focuses on 3 of the Goals primarily.

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Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation​

– Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.

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Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable​

– By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing

– By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement

– By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters

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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

– By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

– Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production

FAQs

–  Students and fresh graduates from architecture colleges and related fields

–  Young professionals from architecture, design and related fields who want to explore Vernacular Sustainability in Vietnam

Young architects from India could benefit exponentially from observing contemporary Vietnamese architecture as the pros and cons architects deal with in Vietnam are largely similar to that in India. Issues like high population density, space premium, harsh climate and limited financial resources are common to both. Likewise, advantages like abundant natural material resources, readily available labour and traditional knowhow in the construction field are also common to both. Vietnam has produced innovative yet feasible architecture that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally efficient. Budding Indian architects would benefit from experiencing architecture that intelligently blends the best of the old and new, the built and the open.

Yes! This Experience will take up to 20 participants. These participants will be split into smaller teams to execute projects which are designed to give added value to their ongoing projects (school or live)

‘The Architecture Experience’ is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding. To this end, a short project is included as part of the experience. The idea of the project is to refine an existing project with the ideologies of Vernacular Sustainability. The outcome of this project, the concept proposal will then be evaluated by the panel of industry experts.

This Experience will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainable architecture, which are important tenets of contemporary and new age architecture, be it urban or non urban.

Yes! From a logistics point of view, this price includes the cost of accommodation, flights, visas, breakfast and dinner, local and airport transfers, and entry fees where applicable.

A building can only be understood by moving around and through it, and by experiencing the modulation, and feel the spaces one moves through - from outside into verandah, then rooms, passages, courtyards. Architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced."

Geoffrey Bawa

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Sentia School by 1+1>2 architects. Image © Do Minh Duc

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