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

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

DAY 03-Group C: Casandra, Carisa, Jaime, PeiShan

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cao Dai Tunnel

Cao Dai Temple:


When did Caodaism start?
It started at 1926.

How did it come around?
The people wanted peace between different religions in Vietnam. Therefore combined the religions. The Cao Dai temple in the Tay Minh is a combination of Western and Eastern designs. The Cao Dai temple has two symmetrical towels, influenced by the Notre-Dame Basilica. Even so, the temple is decorated with designs influenced by Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, such as dragons and the colours, red, blue and yellow.

Practices of Caodaism
Follower have to pray 4 times a day.
At prayers, followers have to wear a white outfit, with long sleeves.
During the prayers. the followers seat in the same posture as the Islam followers.
There is hiearchy within the temple. Within

Cu Chi Tunnel:

The vietnamese made booby traps and stole the americans’s bombs and reused them.
The tunnel is 200 km long.
The tunnel has been re-sized to fit the tourists
The tunnel has 3 levels; first level is 2 to 3 metres deep, second level is 5 to 6 metres and the third level is 9 to 10 metres deep.

What were the resource that were used during the war for survival?
They used simple tools such as a bamboo basket and spade to dig the the system of tunnels. They also used simple materials for the traps that they set, such as bamboo, dried leaves and spikes. As for their footwear, they recycle tires to make slippers out of them. They use the rubber from the tires as they are durable and can be removed from the spikes of the traps easily and when the belts of the slipper breaks, they can be replaced.

Why did they built the Cu Chi tunnel?
The people in Cu Chi needed shelter from their enemies, the Americans. Unable to stay above ground, they built the system of tunnels underground to hide from the enemies. They hide underground in the day or go into battle with the enemies and come out at night to set the traps to prepare for battle on the next day.

What have we learnt from the features of the Cu Chi Tunnel?
The Cu Chi Tunnel is a well, planned, complicated system of tunnels.
strong structure
The Cu Chi tunnel was a smart tactic for war

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