Hwang Yun Hye
Tan Shee Tiong
With natural ecosystems gradually depleted or destroyed the effect of denaturalization has become more apparent. Today in Bangkok, frequencies between flood events are shortening with time, leading to shorter response and recovery time. If we are able to re-naturalize the city, we might be able to recover/reinstate the lost natural ecosystems. Today, along Chao Phraya, the natural food plains have transformed into highly developed zones with large populations susceptible to river bank flooding. Due to the domino effect of denaturalization, rising surface temperatures, subsidence, and subsequent sea level rise, Bangkok will be underwater in a matter of few years.
To counter the threat of flooding, the project re-envisions Chao Phraya’s banks as a transformed green lung of Bangkok helping it slow down the incoming river floods and cool down a heated city. However, with the case of Bangkok, being unique due to the intimate relationship between citizens and water, and an existing overdeveloped river bank, the pivotal questions here are: how do you relocate millions of people before it’s too late? How do you implement a large-scale relocation project with city wide collaboration?
This Project elaborates on the design and working of an innovative resilience index scoring tool to conduct Preventive Relocation. This tool suggests different resilience strategies of removal and/or relocation of urban settlements with practical and social reasoning.
This approach allows for resilience equipped structures to co-exist with a green flood plain forming a soft barrier to incoming flood waters. By utilising the resilience scoring index, an accurate image of high-risk zones is generated to pinpoint sites for a new kind of green infill.