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

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 4 Reflections (25 May 2011)

Today we head for the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve to plant some mangrove trees but before that we had to go to a briefing in the Reserve's quarters.

Can Gio, being out of the mainland, we had to take a ferry over to the reserve. From there we have to head somewhere at the south where to reserve is located. From the trip to the reserve, it is evident that the Vietnamese are taking lots of measures to preserve their forests since post-world war 2 where the americans sprayed lots of herbicides and napalm on their forests just to cope the Vietnamese way of guerilla warfare.
The above two pictures shows the landscape of the Mangrove reserve in Can Gio. After exploring some of these plantations, we headed forth to plant some Mangrove trees!
Boots to wear in the muddy area
After planting the mangrove plants, we went to visit a house near the rivers in Can Gio where this man explained to us some of the hardships he faced managing this farm he has and some of them include:
  1. Deforestation and penalty from the authorities
  2. The remote area where he stays that requires him to spend a lot of money on oil to transport his kids from his house to the schools in town.

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