Viet Nam News Professor and Architect Hoàng Đạo Thúy talks to Nhân Dân (People) newspaper about the need to create harmony between the nation’s heritage conservation and development. In almost every society, there comes a point when people argue that development is coming at the cost of conserving heritage. In your point of view is there a contradiction between conservation and development inViệt Nam? In nature or in any society, the law of elimination will always exist. Elimination in nature happens through evolutionary processes. So it also does in the course of development of all societies in this world. That’s why as time goes by, all structures erected or built by human kind will be destroyed, either by the nature or by the human factors. In short, sooner or later, all projects built by us will gradually disappear. Another argument I want to mention is that products created by previous generations may not be appreciated by the … [Read more...] about Preserving urban heritage is a must
Why urban planning is important
Urban plans need to be updated to reflect changes in development (19-02-2008) Dr Pham Sy Liem, former Deputy Minister of Construction and director of the Institute for Urban Studies & Infrastructure Development, spoke with The thao Van hoa (Sport & Culture) about urban planning. Most cities in the country have completed their master plans for the next 10-20 years. What, in your opinion, is the quality of that planning? Most plans were made without any consideration to a city's future development. The plans made for Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang and Can Tho did not take into consideration the economic development that has been witnessed. For example, the areas of Thu Thiem and southern areas of the HCM City were not planned for development then, but are today the city's economic hubs. The old planning is not suitable to today's speed of development. Ha Noi has a similar problem. In the past, Ha Noi was planned to expand to the outskirts of Tu Liem District. But the reality is that … [Read more...] about Urban plans need to be updated to reflect changes in development
Danang has been designated by the central government to be the core city of the Key Economic Zone in central Vietnam, the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the terminal point of the East-West Corridor linking with Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. It is clear that Danang's location makes it a strategic location from which your business can access potentially rich Vietnamese and other Asian markets. I. STRATEGIC LOCATION The coastal city of Danang is situated at the very heart of Vietnam, 759km from Hanoi and 960km from Ho Chi Minh City. It lies on the north-south communications axis of land ( National Road 1A), rail, sea and air routes. Danang borders Thua Thien - HueProvince in the north, QuangNamProvince in the south and the west, and the EasternSea in the east. It is located in a typical tropical area influenced by monsoons with an annual average temperature of 25.7C. The city has a natural land area of 1,256km2 and a population of 887,069 as of 01 April 2009. … [Read more...] about Why invest in Danang?
VietNamNet would like to introduce an analysis about Vietnam’s urbanization by Victoria Kwakwa, Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam. Ms. Victoria Kwakwa. Hanoi has a unique charm. The historic old quarter, quaint French architecture. Lovely lakes and historic pagodas are major attractions. Hanoi is also still very livable with residents from young to old still able to enjoy parks as hang outs, for quiet walks, for aerobics, tai chi and other exercises. Several residents are able to bike to work or to school. But Hanoi like other cities in Asia is changing and urbanizing rapidly, evidenced for example in the rapid development of the My Dinh area, and the numerous sky scrapers that are transforming the skyline. This rapid change comes with challenges; managing noise, heavy traffic, air and water pollution. I live in a quiet neighborhood and still enjoy the pleasure of being woken up by the chirping of birds but such neighborhoods are increasingly rare: the city is … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s urbanization: At the cross roads of opportunity
Optimistic signs have flared for the Vietnamese economy in the second half of 2011, for example the cooling of inflation, interest rate and gold price. However, many difficulties are still unsolved, especially problems that have existed for many years and harmed comprehensive development of the economy. The most typical matter is the scatter of national resources, which is caused by unclear decentralized administration. VietNamNet would like to introduce a talks on this topic, held by Doanh Nhan Sai Gon Cuoi Tuan (Saigonese Entrepreneurs' Weekend Magazine), in late September. Guests included Research Director of the Fulbright Economic Teaching Program, Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Luong Van Ly, Vice chair of the Saigonese Entrepreneurs' Club who is former deputy director of the HCM City Department of Planning and Investment, National Assembly deputy, lawyer Truong Trong Nghia, and three economic experts Phan Chanh Duong, Nguyen Van Son and Huynh Buu Son. Phan Chanh Duong has traveled … [Read more...] about From development plan to scattered economic resources