Ho Chi Minh City’s Vanishing Architecture

Many of Ho Chi Minh City‘s French colonial buildings are being torn down and replaced with high rise buildings. The city has one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and many of the new buildings are for a demand for more office space and housing. Many people are worried that the destruction of these historic buildings will decrease the city’s amount of tourists and the revenue they bring each year. Ho Chi Minh City has no monument protection laws although city officials are starting to write a plan to classify buildings and mark them for protection, but the process could take years.

World War I’s Neglected Monuments Are Getting Spruced Up

Many WWI monuments have been neglected and are in need of major repairs. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission started a program called 100 Cities/100 Memorials. 100 WWI memorials are given grants and must be updated by the 100th anniversary of the war’s end on November 11th, 2018.

The program’s manager Theo Mayer says, “There are some cases of vandalism, but in general it has been time and a lack of maintenance and really nobody paying much attention. Somehow the war slipped into our historic unconscious, and so did the memorials.”

The Centennial Commission is also in charge of building the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Dyson Designing Electric Cars

Dyson, the company known for making vacuums and fans, has announced that they are designing an electric car. This article talks about James Dyson’s new project and his goal to have a finished product by 2020. Dyson said since 1990 he has been interested in developing filtration technology to stop diesel emissions polluting the environment, but the motor industry was not interested so he switched to electric cars.

Sir James Dyson