Understanding Informal Morphology Of Villages-In-The-City: A Case Study In Hanoi City, Vietnam

Ngo Kien Thinh, Yun Gao

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This paper explores how the production of space work in village-in-the-city (ViC) through morphological perspective. During the urbanization process, the rural villages originally located in the peri-area of metropolis eventually merged into urban landscape. Due to lack of proper planning, those villages face serious criticism due to informality, self-organised development and sub-standard living conditions, and planning policies tend to focus on demolition despite the ViC could be incrementally upgraded on the same site. In this paper, we focus on fluidity of spaces in ViC by drawing on a case study in Hanoi, Vietnam. The key research methods are mapping, observation and visual recording. The findings illustrate how informal urbanism work in ViC regarding spatial structure, public/private interfaces and incremental upgrading. On theoretical level, this research helps to enrich the morphological characteristics of ViC within the effects of rapid urbanisation. On a practical level, this study contribute to the ways in which researchers and planners can engage with incremental changes in integrated village.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13136
Number of pages16
Issue number23
Early online date27 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


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