THE ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE
OF THE COLD WAR
ORGANIZED BY HANOI AD HOC AND HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT
5.9.2023 - 9.9.2023
UNDER THE FRAMEWORK OF
ECHOS DER BRUDERLÄNDER
HANOI AD HOC 2.0: DWELLING IN FLUX
SUPPORTED BY GOETHE INSTITUT HANOI
The narrative of socialist housing as an artifact of the Cold War often mirrors the narrative of socialism’s rise and fall, a utopian dream overtaken by the realities of social failures, decay, and obsolescence. Yet across the “brother countries”, this architecture faces an apparent contradiction between its symbolism through the image of heroic, monolithic form, and its afterlife as inhabited and transformed by people over the past decades.
This workshop explores how adaptation and complexity become visible and manifest differently on an international, national and individual level, depending on the point of view. Invited speakers will offer public lectures about relevant subjects of research and artistic production. In parallel, participants will learn techniques of observation, drawing, and storytelling to uncover and document narratives of change sited today within socialist-era mass housing.
Workshop "Repurposing the Architectural language of the Cold War" is organized by Hanoi Ad Hoc and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in cooperation with Goethe Institut under the framework of Echos der Bruderländer* and Hanoi Ad Hoc 2.0: Dwelling in Flux.
Day 1 - Built space
Workshop introduction by Hanoi Ad Hoc, HKW, & Goethe Institut.
"Mass Housing // Modernity and Rehabilitation for Hanoi's KTT"
by Emmanuel Cerise.
Group walking tour in Nguyen Cong Tru KTT.
Day 2 - Social, lived space
"Unfinished Utopian" by Christina Schwenkel.
Anthropological methods with Christina Schwenkel in Kim Lien KTT.
Guided fieldwork session + reviews.
Day 3 - Affective space
Group walking tour in Ham Tu Quan KTT and Thanh Xuan Bac KTT.
"Rooms of Requirements" game with Nguyen Vu Hai.
Day 4 - Synthesis
Individual / Group work.
Virtual talk by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran .
Day 5 - Open Studio
Individual / Group work.
"Open Studio" event & group presentations with guest critics.
5/09/2023 - 09/09/2023, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Fieldwork at Nguyen Cong Tru KTT, Kim Lien KTT, Ham Tu Quan KTT, Thanh Xuan Bac KTT.
Yuri Frassi (Architecture)
Afra Rebuscini (Architecture / Art Curator)
Pham Ngoc Lan (Film)
Trinh Hanh An (Urban Design / Social Science)
Nguyen Kieu Anh (Art / Olfactory Art)
Nguyen Minh Phuong (Architecture)
Flinh (Art / Performance, Video)
Phung Huy Viet (Architecture)
Ha Viet Nga (Phong) (Architecture)
Vu Nguyen Khanh (Philosophy)
Vy Trinh (Art / Scluptor)
* Echos der Bruderländer: What is the price of memory and what is the cost of amnesia? Or visions and illusions of anti-imperialist solidarities is a multidisciplinary project that critically maps the German Democratic Republic’s complex history and relations with its so-called ‘brother countries.’ The project elaborates on the ways in which the Bruderländer policy and amnesia surrounding it continue to shape Germany and its former 'fraternal countries’' demography, culture, economy, and politics and more particularly the lives of those who migrated through the conditions of the Eastern alliances. It consists of an exhibition, performances, film screenings, educational program, podcast, sonic practices, and digital and print publications as well as workshops in Berlin and in partner institutions in Vietnam, Angola, Algeria, Ghana, Cuba, and Chile.
Funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany).
Funded by the TURN2 Fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).