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Don’t blame architects for anarchy


Chief Editor of Nha Dep (Beautiful House) Magazine Nguyen Viet Chau
spoke to Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about the
challenges facing the country’s architects.

People blame the chaotic architecture of Viet Nam on the unprofessional
working style of architects. What do you think about this?

This is generally an unfounded opinion. I think the problem resides in
the implementation and construction of projects rather than design. One
problem is the weak management process that is often used when
developing urban areas. To date there are not specifically enforceable
regulations on construction. Many plans look very good on paper but weak
management during construction has made a mess of the master plan.
Authorities tend to focus on the legal and safety aspects of
construction rather than artistic and architectural quality.

This lack of direction pushes administrators into situations that they
are not comfortable with and puts a clamp on architectural expression
and movement. It also at times causes irreparable damage to the face of
urban architecture.