BOOK: BIOGRAPHY OF A CITY
AUTHOR: William S. Logan
The book has a specific chapter narrating the period our group focus on – the doi moi and post doi moi period and the narration is relatively objective based on the resources of Vietnamese Architects’ Association in 1991. It emphasizes on the new housing policy in doi moi and talks about both the withdrew from the pubic housing and the uncontrolled redevelopment of houses.
Chapter 7. Doi moi and the return of capitalism
“At the time of the Sixth Party Congress in 1986 and the introduction of the doi moi policies, Vietnam was gripped by severe economic malaise. This stagnation had effectively eliminated the redevelopment pressures experienced in the West since 1945 and more recently in other Asian cities, so that Hanoi’s Old Sector remained largely intact.”
“Following the introduction of a new housing policy in 1985 that came into effect in 1989, the government largely withdrew from the provision of public housing in favor of the construction and renovation of apartment buildings and houses by the private market. The authorities began to sell off the apartments in the Soviet-period housing estates and to concentrate on satisfying the foreign investment and rental demand. But another result of this dramatic policy change – one that impacted particularly on the built fabric of the Ancient Quarter- -was a private construction boom. The Hanoi planning authorities were caught off guard and Hanoi began to experience redevelopment by both foreign and local investors without having in place any effective system of control.“