The main intention of this hybrid course is to provide students with a fundational knowledge of urban design and the related analytical, theoretical and representational tools, while directing their practical applications towards real-world, impactful projects.

The course included a lecture series presenting past and recent theories of urban design, with an emphasis on grass-root activism, social accessibility and ecological thinking, as well as applied design exercises. These latter asked students to study in depth 16 underserved communities in Bangkok, trying to understand how their morphology and their social life are dynamically interrelated. The studies were conducted in the form of urban investigations through surveys, sketches, data collection and interviews and were illustrated through maps and axonometric diagrams. This detailed information was then used as a base for developing group projects proposing tactical interventions, urban development strategies and policies that would originate from and nurture the existing potentials of the sites, promoting better social integration and a more sustainable use of the avaialable natural and cultural resources. Depending on the specificities of each site, the projects ranged from platforms to support local economies and crafts, heritage adaptive transformations, community-managed urban services, flood mitigation and preservation of biodiversity.

INDA, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok. Architecture & Urbanism.
“In-disciplined Spaces”

Course coordinator.

Instructors: Natalia Vera Vigaray, Chon Supawongse, Supaporn Vithayathawornwong

Students: INDA class of 2015