Prof. Dr. Shayer Ghafur
Prof. Dr. Catherine Daisy Gomes
Dr. Apurba Kumer Poddar
Fahim Faisal Khan
Ahnaf Akif Siddique
The economic and social prices Bangkok dwellers pay during the flood would also present them an opportunity to prices’ conversion into the prize. Our strategic approach to re-envisioning Bangkok emphasizes user-driven investments for attaining transformative resilience in the economy, ecology, and social systems. As Bangkok is expanding with rapid urbanization in conflict with nature, our project deals with the inter-scalar and interdependent systems for addressing the flood and subsidence problems. Bangkok will be more responsive to resilience programs if the strategic planning interventions provide its dweller’s direct returns in terms of social, economic or environmental benefits accruing at different scales. Our strategic interventions at territorial and city scales will add return value on the micro scale. This would reduce the amount of investment required to address the problems by creating opportunities to address other multi-dimensional urban issues.
As a part of the continuous landscape, Bangkok grew along the Chao Phraya River and is weaved by a network of canals and capillaries with a rich water-based cultural and businesses. Our value-added interventions stretch from retaining water in the upper catchment to creating mangrove belt at the Gulf of Thailand.
Implementing this strategy in regional Bangkok would reduce the extent of the upstream flood in city scale and shift focus on city and suburb level interventions to mitigate flood as well as create room for interventions in multidimensional urban sectors. The revival of the canals and capillaries for organic water management can in terms provide the opportunity to integrate water and land-based mobility. This strengthens the communication between the central area and suburbs promoting decentralization of the city.
The underused Cho Phraya riverfront is re-envisioned as the city’s most anticipated cultural hub – a fusion space for tourists and locals. The phased intervention will make a porous Bangkok, from commercial CBD to unit residential areas addressing the issue of land subsidence. Individual and community housing is directed to harvesting rainwater both at community and individual level adding values of multiple dimensions. The final outcome would be a more porous and decentralized state and reach economical, ecological and social resilience.