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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

25th May Reflections: TanZhiYong

The red area represents the forested areas.
The tree with green, yellow and red leaves.
A crab at the swamp when we went to plant the roots.
The owner of the house waving goodbye!

1. One of the things I learnt today is about Can Gio Biosphere is the timeline of the biosphere and its changes. During the war, the americans sprayed pesticides onto the forest as the vietnamese were attacking them from the forests. Thus, there were very little forested areas after the war. But as time went on, the forested area became larger as residents who were paid by the local authorities to take care of certain areas.

2. I learnt about some plants in the Can Gio Biosphere. Some were poisonous, while others had thorns at its roots. Many Birds built their nest on these plants so that their predators would not be able to climb up the tree. I also learnt how to plant the mangrove swamp roots!

3. Lastly, I learnt was that the residents living on houses on stilts were living a simple lifestyle but yet they were making full use of their life. Through the interview with the owner of the house, it was obvious that though it was hard to take care of the forests and also pay the petrol, water, and electricity bills, he was smiling during the interview and he was very happy when we went to visit him. The expressions on his face were not showing sadness but he had a cheerful character. Sometimes leading a simple life is better than city life.

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