Hà Nội: CAPITAL City – The Capital City From Above

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Opening: Fri 22 January 2016, 14:00 Pm
Exhibition: 22 January 2016 – 04 February 2016

In the period of integration, Hanoi seems to have a new appearance, more modern and dynamic that is clearly seen through a series of new construction projects, particularly since Hanoi expanded its administrative boundary. Photo by Lê Huy

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To meet the requirement for development, improve the lives of the urban capital residents and beautify the landscape of the capital, the city authority has focused on building a modern and synchronous infrastructure, new urban areas and trade centres.

Seen from above, Hanoi looks like a colourful painting, worthy to be the cultural, political, economic centre and the “heart” of the country. Photo by Vu Long

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Compared to Ho Chi Minh City, the skyline of Hanoi’s city centre still appears modest. Fortunately, the ever increasing emergence of high-rise buildings is mostly happening on the outskirts of the city. The charm of the historic center can only be preserved if Hanoi is following the role model of Paris, where high-rise buildings have been refused in the city centre for the last 70 years. Photo by Vu Long

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The most striking feature is the extreme density of the urban fabric in almost every part of the capital city. Even within Hoan Kiem District, with its wide French colonial boulevards, the densely packed buildings, otherwise hidden behind the facades at street level, are immediately apparent from this elevated perspective. Photo by Nguyễn Tuấn Hải

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The high angle views also reveal what is called ‘socio-spatial fragmentation’ in the academic community and can be understood as the immediate proximity of striking contrasts: high-rise and low-rise, high-density and low-density, planned and informal, modern and traditional, etc. Photo by Trần Quang Hiếu

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Some high angle photos were taken from Mr. Nguyen Tan Hai, Mr. Le Ngoc Huy, Mr. Do Hung Ha, Mr. Vu Long, Mr. Dinh Manh Ha, Mr. Ngo Tuan Ha, Mr. Dao Van Vinh, Mr. Tran Quang Hieu, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Thanh, Mr. Nguyen Ha Phuong, Mr. Nguyen Thai Thach, Mr. Le Ngoc Khang, contributed these images. They was able to shoot some spectacular – never seen before – views of Hanoi’s cityscape, for instance those of the Long Bien Bridge, of the West Lake and the Truc Bach Lake surroundings. 

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Photo: Mr. Nguyen Tan Hai, Mr. Le Ngoc Huy, Mr. Do Hung Ha, Mr. Vu Long, Mr. Dinh Manh Ha, Mr. Ngo Tuan Ha, Mr. Dao Van Vinh, Mr. Tran Quang Hieu, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Thanh, Mr. Nguyen Ha Phuong, Mr. Nguyen Thai Thach, Mr. Le Ngoc Khang

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