Architectural Design III at INDA asked students to intervene at the urban scale in underprivileged neighborhoods in  Bangkok, following a detailed phase of site engagement.

Working in Ban Krua, after recognizing that the boundaries between private and public space were more blurry than expected, with street corners treated as exclusive areas and indoor rooms that were always open for neighbors’ visits, Daria proposed an incremental refurbishment strategy through a flexible facade that could also serve as interface to increase programmatically the limited space of the households by hosting these in-between private/public activities.

The work of Jenny on the Soi Polo Community originated from a systematic understanding of the urban figure-ground, which led her to conduct an in-depth study of the vertical interface between public and private spaces: fences, walls, facades, soft barriers, sidewalks and canals that in the current conditions segregate the popular neighborhood from high-class facilities such as the Polo club, without offering any space for a mediation.

Wine’s proposal for Ding Daeng explore the possibilities of “hacking” the existing urban infrastructure to provide simple and usefule spaces of appropriation. Inspired by typical Thai dexterity in making-use of existing resources with the goal to support the intense street life of the neihborhood, Wine designed a set of modular components that transform the ever present concrete posts into multifunctional devices that can deployed flexibly to help provide clean water, generate energy, store leisure and work equipment, organize trash collection and recycling.

INDA, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok. Architecture & Urbanism.

Adjunct professor.

Course coordinator: Alicia Lazzaroni

Works by (top to bottom): Daria Dimitrieva, Sarida “Jenny” Thanakarnjanasuth, Dhataroth “Wine” Chaiwarasilpa