Titled Phố Cổ Hà Nội - Ký Họa và Hồi Ức (Hà Nội's Old Quarter - Sketches & Memories) by Wings Books of Kim Đồng Publishing House, it is a collection from 60 authors, writers, architects, amateur and professional painters of Urban Sketchers Hanoi group.


Cover of the book. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn


Pictures in the book have been drawn with various materials like water colours, pencils and wax.

Painter Nguyen Thanh Phong explores the beauty of handicraft villages and streets in ancient Hanoi, while architect Nguyen Quang Minh loses himself in charming French-style villas, writer Nguyen Truong Quy describes inspirations for drawing Hanoi’s streets by painters in the past.


Autumn in the Street, acrylic on canvas, by Tran Nam Long.


“The spontaneous approach is quite suitable to natural characteristics of Hanoi’s Old Quarter featuring surprising and unique beauty of street space,” commented architect and researcher Nguyen Quoc Thong, deputy chairman of Vietnam Architects’ Association.


An old living quarter in Giang Vo Street, water colour, by Kim Nga.


“Sketching is the quickest way to capture images in various materials, the initial step of creating a painting,” he said. “The sketch book on Hanoi’s street is the first of its kind. Moreover, the authors are of all walks of life and ages (the youngest is only eight years old) has brought the book a unique feature.”


Painter in the group at a working by Hong (Red) River. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn


Established in 2016 with nearly 4,000 members, the Urban Sketchers Hanoi group has hosted various painting event to snap images of Hanoi, especially the old lifestyles, old buildings, which are gradually disappearing in the process of urbanisation.

In August, the group was recognised for its activities in the category of Actions for Hanoi in the system of Bùi Xuân Phái – For the Love of Hà Nội Awards hosted by Thể Thao & Văn Hóa (Sports and Culture) daily.