Bangkok, Sustainable Urban Development
Focusing on the city of Bangkok, our thesis addresses the unsustainable urbanization of metropolis cities.
As a major economic hub that continues to grow rapidly, the city has become increasingly disconnected from nature, designating more of its land towards commerce and high density living at the expense of its green spaces. The result is numerous environmental challenges that are progressively worsening and an overly simplified approach to the zoning of the city, facilitating the marginalisation of Bangkok’s informal workers.
Our proposal challenges the current development of the city, establishing an alternative model of urban park that questions the city’s zoning, its relationship with its waterways, and demonstrates how a balance between urbanisation and afforestation can be struck. The proposal looks to carefully transform a piece of disused industrial land situated within the heart of Bangkok and return it back to the city as a new form of urban park that integrates learning, work, and leisure with nature.
The proposal focuses on environmental and social sustainability, utilising existing warehouses on site and introduces sustainable ecological industries such as Sericulture and Swiftlet Bird’s Nest farming. Street typologies found within Bangkok have been reinterpreted within the warehouses to create spaces that are familiar and reflects how the city operates. The wider complex allows nature to reclaim the site, reintroducing a variety of land typologies such as forest, agricultural plots and wetlands that assist with mitigating the effects of flooding.
Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
Dr Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez
We would like to thank Soumyen for his guidance and support throughout the thesis, the thesis critics for their feedback and the Liverpool University workshop team for the technical assistance.