Mel Schenck and photographer Alexandre Garel welcome you to view the extraordinary modernist architecture of southern Vietnam.
Over the past eight decades since the Japanese occupation of Vietnam in WWII, southern Vietnamese architects developed a version of modernist architecture that accommodated the tropical climate and reflected the identity of a newly independent nation.
The vast quantity and quality of Vietnamese modernist buildings constructed throughout southern Vietnam made it a center of modernism in the world. Most importantly, the southern Vietnamese as a culture embraced modernism, and it became the vernacular architecture of the culture, especially for dwellings.
Mel Schenck and photographer Alexandre Garel are preparing the book that finally recognizes the outstanding accomplishment of the southern Vietnamese people in developing a Vietnamese modernist architecture that has become unique and special in the world.