The worst case? Areas of investigation: Victory Monument

Background
In a country like Thailand where watery and flooding is a common situation throughout history, this year’s floods have come as a real shock. In the last weeks and months some 44 of 77 provinces have been affected, many transformed into vast lakes, entire cities have been sunk, hundreds of thousands of people forced from their homes and waiting the water to flow out fast to the sea. In the meantime Bangkok was preparing for the worst with everybody sand-bagging, store shelves emptying while information were spreading that more districts are being inundated by every hour… Bangkok was unprepared for the situation of the approaching water masses.
Against the expectations of the already suffering people and at their cost, walls were erected to slow down and to divert the natural flow of the water to protect the inner city; those defenses have saturated surrounding areas under meters of water. The strategy was to drain and pass the water around Bangkok and to spare the economic and political heartland.However, Bangkok has always been flooded. Geographically it is built on the natural flood plain at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River delta; it is a terrific location for a city, from a point of transportation and defense (historically), but of course a disastrous one in terms of flooding, as it is right on top of the country’s best natural drain! The experience of this year’s floods suggests flooding will return with increased consistency – either from the Northern part and/or the sea – especially in regard of the unpredictable global climate change and the rising sea water level. Even the government already admitted that floods are likely in the next years (Aljazeera, 15 Nov 2011).
Meanwhile, the flood waters receded and the destruction is visible. An estimated total damage summed up to about 1.36 trillion Bath – 1.28 trillion (94%) in private damage and 81.4 billion (6%) to the public sector. The assessment said Thailand would need 755 billion Bath to rehabilitate for a stronger and more resilient economy (Bangkok Post, Nov. 2011). However the estimation said nothing of the costs to the millions of affected families who face long months of unemployment and costs of damage. On the other side life in inner Bangkok with its superior infrastructure remained save. But what will happen in the future? Can Bangkok be spared or protected forever? Considering the facts and the vast area of Bangkok that would need to be protected from approaching water – either from the North or the South – it is hard to believe that one solution can be found. So why not accepting the fact and try to adapt to water, as Thailand used to do in the past? Therefore in memory of the recent incidents and the future prospects, it is the time for Bangkok to pay more attention to water management, to prepare and have plans ready for a likely submerged city. Bangkok, once again is in the center of attention.

The monument was erected in June 1941 to commemorate the Thai “victory” in the Franco-Thai War, a brief conflict waged against the French colonial authorities in Indo- China, which resulted in Thailand annexing some territories in western Cambodia and northern and southern Laos. These were among the territories which the Kingdom of Siam had been forced to cede to France in 1893 and 1904, and patriotic Thais considered them rightfully to belong to Thailand. In fact the fighting between the Thais and the French in December 1940 and January 1941 had been brief and inconclusive. Only 59 Thai troops were killed, and the final territorial settlement was imposed on both parties by Japan, which did not want to see a prolonged war between two regional allies at a time when it was preparing to launch a war of conquest in South East Asia. Thailand’s gains were less than it hoped for, although more than the French wished to concede. Nevertheless the Thai regime of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram decided to celebrate the war as a great victory, and the monument was commissioned, designed and erected within a few months. The monument became an embarrassment in a more political sense in 1945 when the Allied victory in the Pacific War forced Thailand to evacuate the territories it had gained in 1941 and return them to France. Many Thais regard the monument as an inappropriate symbol of militarism and a relic of what they now see as a discredited regime. Nevertheless the monument remains one of Bangkok’s most familiar landmarks.

THRESHOLD 01 : THE INSPIRATION & DESIGN

” Space is represent on the walking + seeing + the new
experience. So the designing parts are respect to
creating the visual perception between movements.”

The Crossing bridge moment : Bridge is the structure use to cross over the different level for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. The different of site Condition Bridge is a place to look cover all the curiosity view,
because of the level and open space are affected to human visual perception to precept between spaces.

Threshold 01
The crossing bridge moment The experimental and explore on focusing the moment of crossing the bridge. Emphasize the factors that effect to experience on crossing bridge moment. The main issues in experiment process are the environment, structure of bridge, the level, and human perception. And generated the explored part in term of space and form, in this case the space is represent on the walking + seeing + the new experience. So the designing parts are respect to creating the visual perception between movements, the interaction between the spaces going through the context and environment, and design visualizing effect.

BAGKOK ART AND CULTURAL CENTER LANDSCAPE DESIGN COMPETTITION [Finalist]

From the unique of ground floor pattern, the main idea is want follow the whole building concept of cycle shape by using the element of radius of each cycle to separate functional space zoning outside. The linkage between interior and exterior space is relate to the radius that expand from center inside go through outside of the building. The contrast of hard scape and soft scape respond to creating the pattern of the radius that emphasize to exhibition and activity space that blur into landscape element. The circulation analysis is related to the meeting space design that emphasizes people to join art exhibition space, and also respond to universal access. The final  landscape design represents to motivate the people to go to use more the space inside the building and support to more activity space.

“The main idea is want follow the whole building concept of cycle shape by using the element of radius
of each cycle to separate functional space zoning outside.”

GREEN CAMPUS PROJECT IN KMUTT

The new approach of learning space in KMUTT is project landscape design to development KMUTT  Bangmod campus to be the sharing of learning access by using the space analysis to emphasis the no waste space quality and space linkage to develop space function-
This space potential is become to be the cycle conceptual diagram and purpose the function inside cycle. Each cycle are giving the meaning of space that comes from site analysis information that support to function in each space.

New Land Scape Design
The final design is link to space quality and analysis circulation to creat the image of university of science and technology.Each
bubble give the meaning space and emphasis function by using the quality of open space to communicate university activity to community or public.

iSTUDIO

“Shop house concerning in environmental
design especially in daylighitng, electrical lighting and acoustics design.”

Design a shop house concerning in environmental design especially in daylighitng, electrical lighting and acoustics design; however, other issues e.g. natural ventilation should also be included. The shop house is a 2 blocks of row houses in one row, 4 × 16 m. each (the shop facing the main road and the sub road is used for car access at the back of the building). The owner of the business is a family who living in the same structure.

The shop house is a 2 blocks of row houses in one row, 4 × 16 m. each (the shop facing the main road and the sub road is used for car access at the back of the building). The owner of the business is a family who living in the same structure.

KMUTT INNOPLEX LEARNING CENTER

” The gate way through the learning place and welcome the world to see the university spirit and the vision.”

KMUTT Innoplex is the place seem like the new learning center of Bangmod campus, with the multipurpose function
inside, the quality of space should be supporting for learning atmosphere and motivating student, teacher, and community
to experience the learning space that also represent itself to be the land mark of university of Science and Technology. KMUTT
Innoplex also seem to be the gate way through the learning place and welcome the world to see the university spirit and the vision.
The structural conceptual is the starting point to expert the unique of KMUTT. The structural concept is emphasis to circulation
analysis and function of space inside. The image of university need to respond to users.

MID-RISE LIVING : FUTURE LIVING STUDIO II [1st Runner up Prize]

Condominium is seem like the good choice for Bangkok association, the concrete jungle city. Because of the
higher land price create the limited area to be city of the mid rise and high rise building in a few years. Even though residential areas like apartment or condominium is best option for the urbanism. Bangkok has a lot of Living unit in kind of vertical living space to respond to satisfy urban-ism life’s style. In another way they have more activity and hurriedly living follow the variety perception.

emphasizing to keep passive living to respond on life’s quality by design good space potential to face more to open space but still keep
privacy for user. The unit living plan have to created on the system of L shape form by using the L shape potential to keep more opening while L character enclose itself and still of relationship between positive and negative space. So the concept of unit living planning is relate to function issue in case of privacy space and own open space in 30-60 sq.m.

PAC : Performing Art Center

The public park along the river is transform to be roof scape of building by concept of continues plane. The creation the visual linkage is use two main axis of visual context, there are Phra Sumen Fort on Rattanakosin side and the public park that is the long promenade walk between Performing Art Center and Rama VIII Bridge.The potential building form is come from the transformation of linear ground plane in different proportion that depend on the function inside the building push and pull in different level. The open window in the east side allows a river front view face to auditorium accesses.

Performing Art Center will become to be the one of city venue that can see from opposite, Rattanakosin side. From Santichaiprakarn

Park,the park has a great view of the Chao Phraya river and the ultra-modern Rama VIII suspension bridge, is located near Khao San
Road, the gate way of foreigner and tourist is the area of ferry transportation at Tha Prah- Ahtit pier to Performing Art Center, that is the point to represent the relationship between visual linkage, visual context, and site planning together.”

FUTURE LIVING

“Active living in this case is meansa way of  life that integrates physical activity into daily routines.”

Active living is the living thing that user can experience actively space. Active living in this case is means a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. It is the space that support to the relation to ownership, social function, individual or collective responsibility. People will be highly active when they perceive the thing that they don’t expect.

To create the active living space I start with thinking about people’s activities. I avoid creating space continually from the base to the top in term of the spiral for create community space to support social functions. And form is support to variety activity of users to enjoy shearing their experience together, by considering to four key words are visual linkage, movement, motivation, and activity.

SATORN CENTRAL PIER

“Controlling the people movement between Chaopraya River & Satorn.”

Satorn Pier_01

The project learning objectives are to study the impact of site and human activities on architectural design; to understand quality
and quantity of space for public uses; to analyze and translate the users’ behaviors into architectural design; and to study structure,
details, and material uses related to program in architectural design. This Satorn pier is one of the important nodes of transportation on Chao Praya River. It is a central pier station which connects to the mass transit system, BTS at Taksin station, and is near by Silom area, a CBD of Bangkok. The Satorn pier has several types of passengers come to cross the Chao Praya River everyday. The pier has many existing programs that serve the passengers activities and needs such as small flee market, public motorcycle and rickshaw parking, small retail shops, and tourist information center.

Satorn Pier_02