Hanoi/ Soviet Planning
These are the “Leningrad Plan” and relevant sketches of the central district of Hanoi which have vividly represented the Soviet planning approaches in Hanoi including the soviet housing. From 1955 to 1985, Soviet Union offered design and financial supports to the urban planning of the city and the plan since 1973 was named “Leningrad Plan” and undertaken by the experts from Leningrad.
The drawing up of comprehensive plans for specific areas of land in large urban scale were divorced from the local culture and the economic realities of the government. The main product from it was the Thang Long Bridge which ended up with the traffic filtering out into the existing network of narrow and crowded street. The grand vision of rigid planning have not been realized and instead, it was replaced by the decentralized small-scale development after Doi Moi.