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 Reflection - Kimberly Ong

Things that I had learnt:

1. Urban Planning in Vietnam: The government will developed an empty 
land by opening it up to foreign investors and inviting foreign to live that temporarily. 
After the land is fully developed, Citizens from the crowded district will move to the 
developed area.

2. Western influence on Vietnam Architecture: Often the buildings in Vietnam have similar design compared to French’s. Some buildings are symmetrical and decorative. They used lines, curved and textures in the design, a form of art deco.

3. Religions in Vietnam: There are serval religions which the Vietnamese believed 
in such as Buddhism, Hindu, etc.
4. Taxes in Vietnam: Citizens have to pay taxes according to the width of their buildings. 
Thus, there are a lot of Rocket Buildings, which have short width. It seems like there 
is a problem with the tax system in Vietnam. According to the article "Customers 
snub city's traditional markets" in the Vietnam News (23 May), sellers outside Pham 
Van Hai market are required to pay a small fee to the ward management board which 
is much lower than the tax level being paid by traders in the main market. Vendors 
outside of the main market are selling the same product as those in the market. 
The vendors inside the market faces competition and are closing down.

A church which have a Symmetrical Design (Taken Kim Ong)
Use of Arches in the design of a Church (Taken Kim Ong)

1 comment:

  1. Good points in number 4. Might want to relook this angle again when we do comparisons between the modern retail and traditional markets.

    Are such measures a form of double standards, or is there a reason why such things are being adopted?