THE ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE

Vietnam

The Architecture Experience – Vietnam takes participants on a 14 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

14

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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 fourteen day long curated educational tour for up to 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 a documentation project will collate the learning of Vernacular Sustainability ideals on contemporary architecture.

Itinerary

In the 14 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, Cua Bac Church.

Topics of discussion: Spatial 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 discussion: Aquaponics, 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 discussion: Green cover in buildings, versatility of bamboo.

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

Day trip to Huế.

Topics of discussion: Low-cost passive methods of cooling, rainwater harvesting, self-sufficiency.

Places to visit: Bêtania by atelier OBJECTIFS.

Topics of discussion: Creating dialogues within spaces, micro-climate, minimalist form and material selection.

Places to visit: Cuckoo 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.

2 day workshop, culmination of the tour.

Departure to India.

Days 4, 8 and 14 are free days for the participants to explore the cities.

Upcoming batches

Jan 5-18, 2020

How Much Does It Cost?

INR 79,000

The prices are ex-India. To know more on the pricing from your country, please reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What does the cost include?

*Flights are ex-Kolkata

Domain Expert Guidance

Course Material

flights

hotels

local & airport transfers

breakfast & dinner

entry fees

visas

Our Partners

People

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Saagar Tulshan

The Open Box Project

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

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Sridevi Changali

Masons Ink Studio

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Testimonials

The panelists were really considerate of our requirements and everything went well. The experience was really good and helpful. Meeting new people helped me understand their views and perceptions in different topics in architecture. And the studio visits helped me understand a lot of topics related to technicality and sustainability, specially the visits to Takashi Niwa and bhA architects. It was also great to interact with other colleges’ students, and exchange portfolios.
Deepali Naidu
2nd Year, BMS college of Architecture, Bangalore (Participant, July 2019)
The Architecture Experience was a great experience as I got to know what analysis actually was. Sustainability refers to solving existing problems, and not just installing solar panels! The stay and visits were planned well. Mohor shared a lot of her own experiences as a student which also helped. I got many of my architecture related doubts cleared which I couldn't solve before, along with an understanding of functionality and aesthetic. I got many questions answered and I'm satisfied.​
Pauras Narvekar​
3rd Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa (Participant, June 2019)
The Architecture Experience Vietnam was a great experience for me since before this, I felt a little out of place and wanted motivation to move ahead - so this trip really helped me with that and helped me understand my profession better. It was good to see sustainable architecture in real life, and see real life interpretation of subjects like building construction and architectural design. I also loved interactions with fellow participants.​
Sagarika Kaushik
4th Year, Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi (Participant, July 2019)

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 participants will explore methods of observation and documentation while focusing on ideologies of Vernacular Sustainability and its applications.

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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