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Sep 28, 2017

Remembering Vann Molyvann

Vann Molyvann remembering

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"Vann Molyvann, an architect and urban planner whose pioneering mixing of modernism with indigenous elements transformed the landscape of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, died on Thursday at his home in the northern Siem Reap Province. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Delphine Vann. He lived near the ancient temples of Angkor, from which he derived inspiration.

Mr. Vann Molyvann was best known for combining modernist principles with ancient motifs, a style that came to be called New Khmer Architecture. He was admired by many Cambodians as an embodiment of integrity and vision in a country where art has often taken a back seat to the upheavals of history."