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 3 Reflections - Tam Wai Hang

Three things I have learnt today:

1) Vietnam is a multi-religious country, and this can be shown as the Cao Dai Temple being built to accommodate the praying needs of different religions found all over Vietnam.

2) The means of architecture does not necessary have to be towards the exterior beauty of the structure, but towards the efficiency of the structure. This can be displayed by the building of the Chu Chi tunnel, where a complex web structure is built for the Vietnamese soldiers, and is self sustaining. There is not much emphasis on the exterior design of the tunnel, as it is meant to be hidden from the enemy units.

3) Vietnam still possesses the traditional way of agricultural means, by farming as well as rearing of animals such as cows and chickens. This shows that there is still a gap between the developed state and its current state, showing that there is still areas for Vietnam to develop on.




1 comment:

  1. Good points so far! One point to note regarding item 3 is the assumption that development could only come through industrialisation and NOT regular farming and the likes. Do note the points raised by Mr Ethan on what are the key major exports of Vietnam, which are typically natural resources, and the immediate products produced from them. A better way of looking at this perhaps is how can Vietnam then optimise and leverage on these farming outputs so as to be more developed in general, without 'sacrificing' her farming resources.