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

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 3 Reflections – Niklaus Teo

Three things i learnt today:

Cao Dai Temple's front entrance with 2 parallel towers
  Today we visited the cao dai temple which is located in Tây Ninh in southern Vietnam. The journey took about 3 hour from the city center of Saigon. The first thing that i observed was the parallel twin towers of the temple with a shorter center tower. This design reflects the eastern design features to have 2 parallel towers with a shorter center tower. I also observed that during the prayer and through the architecture that they incorporate different elements from many types of religions like Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism and many more. It seems as if they are trying to produce an ideal fusion of world religions with the incorporation of so many elements from different religions. 
The items used for creating the 200km of Cu Chi Tunnel
  Next we went to the Cu Chi Tunnel which consists of 200km of underground tunnels. What interest me was the in genius methods the Vietnam guerrillas did to over come the mighty USA troops. They knew they had a lack of resources, but they managed to create such an endeavor like the Cu Chi Tunnel that not only managed to give the Vietnam guerrillas shelter from live fire, bombs or poison, but also the ability to prevent the take over of the area due to the fact that the USA troops cannot penetrate their living area. This type of engineering inspires me to think of how to solve a problem with limited resources. If the Vietnam guerrillas just decided to live in the open forest to fight the USA Troops, they would not have succeed. Also how to make use of your strengths to fight your opponents’ weakness. 

The entrance hole of Cu Chi Tunnel disguised
One of the entrance hole of Cu Chi Tunnel

A picture of the uneven road along the out skirts of the Ho Chi Min 

  The last thing that I learnt today was the development of the road system in Ho Chi Min. Along the way back to the center district of Ho Chi Min City, it was raining moderately and after a short period 15 minutes, there were evidence of mild flooding in a few areas, which indicates poor drainage system around the city. There were also many uneven ground along the side of the road which collects stagnant water. This could allow the breeding of insects which will affect the living conditions of the people around the out skirts of Ho Chi Min City. Overall the road development is considered to be not well maintained due to the bad conditions of the road and drainage system. As such it also shows the importance of maintenance of property in the country. For example the Singapore Government employs workers to cut the trees along the road side to prevent unnecessary traffic disruption along its road and the roads are surfaced often or whenever there are reports of the road condition degrading  

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