Learning Objectives


1. To discover the relationship between cultural influences and the architectural development in South Vietnam

2. To have a deeper understanding of urban planning issues and the interplay of the matrices of determinants involving physical attributes, commercial feasibility, social fabrics as well as political factors in particular relating to Generation Z (Those born between the early 1990s and the early 2000s).

3. To be aware of the impact of rapid urbanization on the environment and the need for sustainable development in the urban planning process.

4. To gain an insight of Singapore’s strengths in urban planning and sustainable environmental management skill-sets

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

24th May Reflections: TanZhiYong

1. I learnt that in the Cao Dai Temple, the four main animals are displayed in the design of the temple. They are dragon, turtle, phoenix and the unicorn, which represent highest power, longevity, beauty and prosperity respectively. The interior and exterior display these four animals and other patterns too. The lights have the four animals too, and the pillar also have dragons on them.

2. I also learnt that Cao Dai is about 3 different religions, basically Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. These religions are symbolized from colours that are around the temple. Buddhism is red, Confucianism is red and Taoism is blue. The men are thought to be on the right hand, and women on the left. Similarly, Yin is for women and Yang for men.

3. Lastly, I learnt that the Vietnamese were very intelligent in planning the Cu Chi Tunnel. They were able to plan it in such a way that there was space for everyday life such as meeting rooms, hospitals, kitchens and dining room, which were all very organised into 3 levels.. They were also smart in making air holes which were so small but yet sufficient for the 200 over kilometers tunnels.

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