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 5: Reflections – Stacey Yip
- International companies are present
- Looks like Singapore in terms of traffic planning and drainage system
- Used land space by constructing buildings more horizontally then vertically (rocket houses etc)
- Currently expanding (empty land space)
We should grasp the overall knowledge and then applying it into the context that we are in.
Vietnam wanted to copy Singapore and thus introduced the drainage system – canal into Vietnam. This plan worked only for VSIP 1 but was not carried forward into VSIP 2. This was because it was very costly to import and rebuild this kind of drainage system and was more of a want than a need in Vietnam’s context. They realized that they had insufficient funds and thus could not introduce it into VSIP 2 too.
There should be balance between thinking and acting.
Singaporeans are generally very “safe” people, they do not often take risks and must plan carefully before doing any big decision. However, this does not mean careful planning is bad, over excessive of anything is bad. Risks without prior planning is bad, planning too much without taking any risks is also bad as the time spent thinking would be wasted while others are already taking the risk. The balance should be between planning and risks.