SHARE CITY/ vn-a was selected to show their masterplan for Vinh city in the 2022 international residency, focuses on “the post-COVID-19 era and post-humanism.” of Asia Culture Centre Gwangju, South Korea.
As a science fictional project based on history, vn-a (an interdisciplinary architecture office based in Berlin-Da Lat) purpose a masterplan for Vinh city, Viet Nam to 2074, in collaboration with the artist Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran. With the approach to an ideal city, vn-a aims to redistribute all the elements of our urban life to all citizens with the basic human right of: clean water, waterfront, and stormwater treatment/ fresh air/ planning & land use reform/ waste and disposal/ energy/ ground & green/ traffic & equal mobility/ leisure/ funeral & tomb/ culture & religions/information (AI)/ history and memory/ education/ healthcare. (*)
“The 21st Century will be the century of the cities. Urban environments will become the main organizational form for almost all human societies” (**). The question is if we can design an ideal city, where the citizens have equal opportunity to all energic, technological and natural resource and share to each other? What kind of infrastructure for a city can make a profit for its whole citizen and the environment in which we inhabit?
Back to Vinh after the Viet Nam war in 1974, we took over the master plan of Socialist East Germany (DDR), on the 100th anniversary of East Germany's solidarity helps with an urban reconstruction plan and develop in an imaginary time to 2074.
The main idea of our masterplan is not thinking about the reconstruction, reparation, retreatment, or renovation of the city but basically about the redistribution. We put a radical grid on the city for the infrastructure, which orientates the characteristic for water and stormwater treatment systems, urban mobility, landscape, and urban circulation. Thank to this urban grid we can develop five modules of the urban settlement: grand plan, functional park, green park, productive city, urban village. These typical urban modules could be repeated everywhere very quickly in the city with the typical East German “Plattenbau“in the 80s and will be involved more with the self-organized settlements and local production. A mission for urban planning in the future is denser but more effective. The distribution in the city will be supported by AI in the time of post humanism.
In this si-fi story, chapter II “Plattenlotus” of the project “the Eugenics of cold flowers” of the artist Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, “The master plan considers Vinh as a dynamic compost entity in which countless individuals' indefinite circulation of life and death forms an urban network complex. If, in the model of modern capitalism, the city is a monumental display of fertility, surplus consumption, exhausting futurism, separation of humans from nature, and concealment of death, waste, and ruin. PLATTENLOTUS proposes the city manifest the totality of death - elimination - decay - memorials concurrently with life - growth - mutation. It is a dynamic tomb, constantly having the intersection of life-death cycles, in the same way, that the Vietnamese perceive and treat the dead as inseparable from the living. This dynamic tomb-compost entity includes the circulation of tangibles: human and nonhumans such as plants and animals, bacteria, and garbage, and intangibles such as ideologies, political idols, data, power, and cultures” (Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, PLATTENLOTUS- Post Humanism 09/14/2022, ACC Gwangju, Korea)
The master plan of the “Share city” of Vinh 2074 by vn-a will be shown in the exhibition “Post Human” in Asia Culture Centre Gwangju, South Korea until to 05. Feb. 2023.
(*) reference from Archplus 223, Planetary urbanism, The transformative Power of the city
(**) WBGU- German Advisory Council on Global Change (2016), “the century of the city”, in: WBGU, ed., Humanity on the Move- Unlocking the Transformative Power of the Cities, Berlin: WBGU
Project title: SHARE CITY
Architecture: vn-a (visual network art architecture)
Competition: open call 2022 Posthuman (2022 Asia Culture Center International Residency in Gwangju, South Korea)
Location: Vinh city, Nghe An, Viet Nam
Design team: Thi Thu Huong Vu, Minh Duong Le, Vinh Dang Nguyen
Illustration: Phuong Gio