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

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh (Grp E) TKY,TWH,TZY,EP

EQ: How are buildings specifically placed in groups such that they can bring on a specific feel in different areas ?

LO: Students would learn about how placements of certain structures in specific areas and different regions can affect the general feel of the area and how it relates to the aspect of development of the area.

In Vietnam, as we discovered today, is grouped into many districts, all focused on one aspect based on the location and the history of the area. Currently, each district brings a different feel, District one, which is the city center, has a olden feeling, with the organization of buildings in the district being not strongly evident. However, District 1 is deemed overpopulated by the Vietnamese government, and construction and urbanization of a new District 7 is underway.

The government plans to move much on the population from District one over there. As observed by the team, District is urban inspired and is completely different from other Districts. The government made sure the town planning for that area was organized, and urbanization was balanced with nature, giving it a zen feel.

Overall, the Districts represent the population was lives there. District 7, under construction, is inhabited by foreigners and the richer population of the Vietnamese. 


EQ:Identify the different society problems affecting Vietnamese Society in Ho Chi Minh City.

LO: Students will learn about the problems that are affecting the daily lives of Vietnamese and measures that the government tried to implement to solve them

The roads in vietnam have bad traffic conditions as there are many motorcycles and there are not many traffic lights around. Some motorcyclist also do not follow the traffic rules, and just drive past red traffic lights or zebra crossings. Similarly, many pedestrians are also not caring much about the traffic, and they just dash across the streets with their lives in danger. I think that there should be more traffic lights and the motorcyclist and pedestrians should be educated. But one good thing is that there are traffic officers to help make sure pedestrians cross the roads safely. 

Another problem is the air condition. Many people ride motorcycles and because of the bad air pollution, many people are wearing face mask. I think that the government could encourage the people to take more public transport, and maybe increase the price of motorcycles because of the demand rate.

Last but not least, i feel that another problem is the elderly. There were many elderly on the streets, trying very hard to make a living, be it selling glasses, or fruits. Maybe the government can invest some money in helping the elderly have an easier life.


For instance, at Vietnam, the difference is that they have a countdown system at almost every single traffic lights. This countdown system on the above the traffic light shows the amount of time they have left to pass through the traffic light before the light changes to either from red to green or green to red. As seen in the picture below.

These countdowns can be ranged from 20-40. This depends on the traffic, if it's congested or at peak hours, the countdown would be longer so that more cars and motorcycles are allowed pass through the traffic light.

Done by Tay Kun Yao

EQ: What kind of features does the residential buildings in Vietnam have that enables a more efficient living style? 

LO: Students are able to learn how the architectural styles are different in Vietnam from Singapore, where Vietnam aims to build its structures for efficiency, while Singapore builds them for exterior beauty.

Most of the building located in Vietnam are built at a great height while maintaining a small width. These houses are commonly named as rocket houses or tube houses. Shop houses are normally set up at the front of these rocket houses while the living area for the owners are located behind these shop houses. Each rocket houses may be around 5 to 6 stories tall and are located throughout the districts around Vietnam. This shows that Vietnamese are very focused on improvising a efficient architectural means in Vietnam.

While this is the situation in Vietnam, Singapore aims for a more qualitative approach towards the architecture of structures. The structures in Singapore are mostly skyscrapers and are designed with detailed and elegant details, as opposed to Vietnam. The pictures shows various rocket houses the Vietnamese built around the country.


1 comment:

  1. Good observations team. Good for you to point out the involvement of the elderly.