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

Day 2 Reflection ( Lincoln Chu & Chong Guang Jun)

Photo 1 , a picture taken at a temple we visited. The layouts and structure is similar to the temples we have in Singapore.
Photo 2 , a picture taken at a church we visited . The material used was all imported from France.
Photo 3 , a picture of Mother Mary, aka Virgin Mary.

The 3 things that I've learnt are the concepts of rocket houses , influence of the french on various architectural structures and designs and the variation of different religion.

1) Rocket houses are designed to reduce the amount of tax they have to pay. The Vietnam government working system is influenced by the French. Therefore, the amount of tax a shop owner has to pay will increase as the width of the shop increase. So, people have shorter widths and longer lengths of the shop houses to prevent being heavily taxed. These rocket houses are packed closely together

2) The buildings in Vietnam are similar to the ones you can find in oldern France. There are patterns like spirals, curves, etc. The materials used were also imported from France . ( Photo 2 )

3) The variation of religion is pretty unique. One can find all kind of religious here, in Vietnam. In Vietnam, there is all the way from Taoist to Christianity.

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