Hanoi, Vietnam: Proximity of Food Production to Consumer

There tends to be a large disconnect in the US between where you buy your food and where it comes from. As an American, when I wake up to make breakfast I walk from my bedroom to my kitchen that is furnished with the standard cheap-apartment appliances: a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and more electrical appliances than I even know how to properly operate. I open the fridge, grab a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, some veggies from the crisper, and a bag of shredded cheese. I bought all these things over a week ago, because that is how grocery shopping is done in the United States. Once a week (or maybe every two weeks if you love Costco) you load up your car with sale items and staples to cart them home to your refrigerator and pantry. Once you are stocked up, there is no need to return to the grocery store - in fact, you may even dread the thought of having to run to the store to grab just a single item you are out of.

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Travel Studio: Hanoi, Vietnam

My life has taken an unexpected turn in the last week. I was approached by a professor I had in undergrad to join her architecture travel studio to Hanoi, Vietnam next month to add the perspective of an urban planner. The travel studio is an international design competition between 10 universities from all over the world such as ETH Zurich, TU Delft or UC Berkeley. My team from The University of Michigan will develop a master plan proposal for high density housing and sustainable urban agriculture to accommodate 100,000 people living and working on a one square kilometer site in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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