Boundaries of imprecision : Hanoi Memorial Bike Infrastructure
An over-sized urban amenity whose organization is determined by the bombing
radius that links target sites and unintended civilian strikes. This project is a
monument to Hanoi’s “Victory over the B-52’s” during the Vietnam War. It
demonstrates the imprecise nature that directly impacted the dense urban fabric.
Hanoi was not bombed nearly as heavily as the rest of Vietnam and
the Vietnam War saw major development in precision bombing. At the same time, there were insurgent defense mechanisms and strict air regulations on Hanoi specifically. The radius of error demonstrates that even in a highly controlled urban
space with specific military targets, the entire civilian population was
too under threat and the entire city was within a zone of danger. Imprecision
was built within highly specific targets. With Hanoi’s massive bomb shelter
campaign and the quick repair after bombing strikes, this impression was understood
and lived within the city.