Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, who is world-renowned for his sustainable and green designs with bamboo, will be featured in the January “CNN Ones to Watch” show on architecture.
“Nghia is adamant about using raw materials from his home country like bamboo to build homes for the people who live there,” CNN said in a statement.
Nghia was selected for the January episode by architect David Adjaye, the man behind the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in the US, CNN said.
Nghia studied architecture at the University of Tokyo before returning to Vietnam to establish Vo Trong Nghia Architects in 2006.
He has received numerous international prizes, including the World Architecture Festival Award and the ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia) Award.
CNN ‘Ones to Watch’ shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts. On Friday, January 9, the show will look at the next big names in architecture.
Wind and Water Bar, designed by Vo Trong Nghia, is located in the southern province of Binh Duong. Photo credit: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Apart from Adjaye and Nghia, the show will also feature Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi and New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind.
Adeyemi uses architectural ingenuity to tackle problems of building in his country’s waterfront cities.
Libeskind, who was chosen as master planner of the World Trade Center redevelopment after 9/11, will take viewers on a tour of his latest building, the Centre De Congres in the Belgian city of Mons.
Both Adjaye and Libeskind share their views on architecture today and their belief that the focus of architecture in the future will be less towards large iconic ‘cathedrals’ and more on the needs of environment, sustainability and security.