via Vietnam Express, 24 November 2023: Architectural experts are urging the conservation of Hanoi’s remaining industrial heritage buildings, with half of the original 185 structures already lost. The call for preservation includes buildings from various periods, including the French colonial era, highlighting their significance as historical and cultural landmarks. Suggestions include creating criteria for assessment and preservation, developing specific penalties for misuse, and incorporating these sites into urban development plans, as well as amending Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Law to better protect these industrial legacies.
Half of Hanoi’s 185 industrial heritage buildings has been destroyed and architectural experts want the city to restore the remaining ones.
Of the 95 that remain, six were built before 1954, 36 between 1954 and 1986, 42 between 1986 and 2015 while accurate information is not available about the other 11, Dinh Hai Yen of the Vietnam Association of Architects said at a workshop in Hanoi on Thursday.
Some of them represent a historical period, and were considered the most modern in Hanoi and the northern region at the time they were built.
On the list of those built before 1954 during the French colonial period are the Hanoi Beer, Hanoi Wine, Yen Phu electricity plant, and Gia Lam Train factories.