Ecologies of War and Recovery

Ylan Vo, A Luoi Valley Hotspot. Photo courtesy of the Architectural League.

Posted by June 18, 2015


The Architectural League of New York has named MArch/MLA student Ylan Vo the recipient of the 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant for the project Ecologies of War and Recovery: A Case Study in Vietnam's A Luoi Valley.

Next summer, Vo will investigate and document the A Luoi Valley as an example of the post-conflict landscape of Vietnam, with particular emphasis on understanding the ecological and social conditions surrounding the toxic Agent Orange hotspots that mark the valley.

Vo writes that her project "seeks to investigate the themes of conflict, ecology, and memory with the aim of connecting the ex-urban landscape of A Luoi Valley to its historic and contemporary contexts."

"The content and themes of this project have been influenced by my course work at WashU, especially the MLA research methods course with Justin Scherma, and more recently Stephen Mueller's spring 2015 studio on militarized landscapes," she adds.

Established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund awards grants of up to $5,000 annually to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.