The launch is among a series of events that Hanoi has been hosting to raise the public’s awareness in creating more cultural and innovative spaces in the city. Along with these efforts, Hanoi would continue to form innovative community and spaces to support a creative economy and startups, in turn promoting the traditional culture of Hanoi and turning the city in to a creative hub in the Southeast Asian region.
The creative space design contest targets to find new and unique ideas in creating creative spaces for Hanoi by taking advantages of modern technologies, existing human resources and cultural, historical values.
Participants of the contest could choose one out of three main themes: infrastructures that could inspire creativity; organizing creative spaces based on the utilization of existing industrial facilities in urban areas that are subject to relocation or switch functions; preserving and promoting the value of architectural spaces and traditional planning.
Director of Hanoi’s Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong, who also serves as the head of the organization board, said with a history of over 1,000 years old, Hanoi is in the process of renovation and integration, in which creativity and creative economy are considered the core for Hanoi to become a dynamictown with comprehensive and sustainable development.
Additionally, the city is working closely with other parties to organize a contest and a platform to build creative and cultural spaces, aiming to form a network of creative spaces for the local people.
Chairman of Vietnam Association of Architects Phan Dang Son said on October 31, 2019, Hanoi was included into UNESCO’s network of creative cities, making it the 246th creative cities in the world and the 32nd capital city recognized in the field of design and creativity.
According to Son, this is both an opportunity and challenge for architects to continue contributing to the development of a creative Hanoi.