Monday, May 21, 2012

Day 1 Reflections by Claire

1. How is innovation a key feature of survival?
Innovation helps a lot in helping us survive and is very useful. In this case, innovation helped the Vietnamese during the Vietnamese war to fight against the American soldiers. They innovated on things like traps and tunnels, also how to move around the tunnels. This gave them quite a bit of advantage over the Americans. They reused a lot of items, and they were very smart. The Americans were depleted because of the traps. This is one of the examples why innovation is important for us to survive.

2. How is cultural integration reflected in design?
Design has everything, even cultural integration. In Vietnam, there is a religion that combines these three religions, Catholicism, Buddhism, and Confucianism together. In the Cai Dai temple that practices this religions, the design of the building is very unique, which shows off the beliefs of the people. This makes the building special to the people and shows very clearly their beliefs.

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