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
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Day 4 Reflection (May 25) - Benz Kew
Boat near mangrove
Planting mangroves to protect the forests!
Crab near the hole on the mud near the mangrove plantation
3 things I have learnt:
1. I learnt that the forest protection is very important, especially Vietnam, where a huge amount of forests were destroyed by the Americans during the war spraying herbicides. The Can Gio biosphere is all man-made, which means that the trees and mangroves are all planted by humans for reforestation.
2. Due to the Vietnam war, it heavily affected the Can Gio biosphere ecosystem. Back then, Vietnam had a rich diversity of species of animals. Crocodiles were teeming in the rivers before the war. Now, they are not seen by humans and disappear. The government gives reward to people living near the forests to observe any illegal activities (e.g Cutting down trees, Polluting the river).
3. The locals living in the reserve use solar power and the energy is not sufficient enough to power the house and electrical appliances. The solar power is subsidised by the authorities. There will be a future house worth 185 million Vietnam Don. They need boat transport to the city to get food, supplies, petrol and send the children to school.