The advancement of technology and devices allow urban planners survey and create digital urban data in 3D with geographic precision. Our team of urban planning and design team utilize remote sensing technology for urban data collection and integrate the data to Geographic Information System (GIS), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D visualization. The digital technology opens up new and exciting urban and environmental planning and design.
Our urban planning & design team, Better Space, launches new projects on town planning and development for historical and cultural tourism for Sri Thep district in Phetchabun, a beautiful town amidst the mountains in northern Thailand.
One of the two towns we are planning for is Sri Thep, a historical town with archeological founds from 1,700 years ago in prehistoric period through Dvaravati and Khmer, periods. The town was rediscovered 115 years ago by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab. A quick trip to visit the town and talk to groups of local authorities and people gave us a good start to proceed on the planning process.
Sri Thep historical park is the site of multiple remaining of Hindu temples, Khmer castles, and city’s walls and moats.
Our team was invited to help the municipality to study and propose future public space development on Ko Yuan, a small island with a small settlement at the beginning of Thailand’s most important river—the Chao Phraya River.
To appreciate this seem-to-be-forgotten area, we visited the place and recorded its beauty and significant location.
The southern tip of the island is the perfect view to see the sunset beyond the landmark Dechatiwong Bridge.
The field of blossoming sun hemp creates seasonal beauty and refresh atmosphere for the local. The Red Indian teepee is a part of a festival that will occur in the following weekend.
Down from the steep riverbank, it is a common sight to see locals spending their quiet time fishing in the water.
A part of cultural landscape/riverscape here—old industrial establishment left abandoned and boat transportation with the long-tailed motorboat.
Life on the river—actually there are a few of this kind of boathouse where locals utilize the river while maintain their friendliness to environment.
2017 was the year with challenges. One of the challenges was to visit 12 new places as Mark Zuckerberg challenged people around the world. Actually there were a few new places I went to around the end of 2016 right after Mark’s challenge. Anyway, those were not counted. Since the start of 2017 I have made trips to visit these places:
1. Chiang Khan and Pak Chom in Loei (New #1)
2. Australian Ambassador to Bangkok’s residence
3. Sao Hin, Nam Phiang Din, and Huay Phueng in Mae Hong Son
4. Wan Namon in Myanmar (New #2)
- 5. Incheon & Seoul, South Korea
6. Chiang Khan and Pak Chom, Loei
7. Xanakhan and Vang Nao, Laos (New #3)
8. Da Nang & Hoi An, Vietnam (New #4)
9. Orlando, Florida, USA (New #5)
10. Chiang Khan and Pak Chom, Loei again
11. Sangkhom, Udonthani (New #6)
12. Mae Hong Son again
13. Jaipur and Abhaneri (Chand Baori Step Well), Rajasthan, and Agra (Taj Mahal), Uttra Pradesh, India (New #7)
14. Mae Hong Son again
15. Vientiane, Laos (New #8)
16. Luang Prabang, Laos (New #9)
17. Jakarta, Indonesia (New #10)
18. London and Canterbury, UK
19. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21. Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
22. Seoul, South Korea again
23. Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia again
24. Tokushima, Japan (New #11)
26. Kathmandu, Nepal (New #12)
27. Chiang Mai
28. Pak Chong, Nakon Ratchasima
Tadao Ando talks about his first building in New York City – 152 Elizabeth Street Residences in Pundersons Gardens’s video from NOWNESS. It’s a seven-story luxury condominium in Nikita neighborhood.
“I would like to create something only a Japanese person could do,” explains Ando. At the same time this place is “where you most feel, ‘I’m living in New York.'” Water and Light were treated like living things to make one feels alive. Glass, steel, and concrete are the choice of materials representing the 20th Century.
Ando, 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, is a true fighter. He fought in the ring with about a dozen professional boxers when he was 15 years old, and he has been fighting ever since – in many arenas including personal health and in architectural practice.
All images are stills from Gardens’s NOWNESS video available on Vimeo.
Louis I. Kahn’s Salk Institute keeps its timelessness that has been providing everyone great pleasure in all senses throughout its existence. It is the Architecture of joy, calm, happiness, beauty, order, friendliness, purity, divinity, and many more. This masterpiece is the architecture of Architecture – it manifests every aspects of what Architecture is. This video by Chang Khun Kim on Vimeo takes you there to feel and appreciate the power of this masterpiece Architecture. Enjoy!
Stills from the video:
Steven Holl believes that Light is a material. Each project he worked on began with a site and a circumstance, a situation and a program; therefore, architecture should be reinvented for every situation. Architecture should be about place, and the idea that drives the design should be also related to the way the structure, the light, the space, and materials are in some kind of organic relation that ties all these together. However, experiencing architectural space should be free of the idea that drives the design. One doesn’t need to know that in order to get the meaning of the building.
Sao Hin Crossing
This border crossing, at the red pin in the picture, is now only a control point with nearly no settlement, only a small army camp at the border. The nearest village is about 3 km. further south. The road to this point is mainly dirt road, with certain parts being shallow streams. Thus, the best vehicle to take you there is a 4-wheeler only. Along the 40-km. dirt/stream roadway, there are other farmimg villages occupying lands at the valleys where the main stream is running – you can see the light patches running down in the photo.
Here are a few of the villages’ agricultural settlement along the road and the stream to the crossing point.
Currently, Professor Silpa Bhirasri’s court, the heart of Silpakorn University, Wang Thapra, is a much more impressive space with 89 paintings of the late King Bhumibol. Artists from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, including professors, students, and alumni, have come together, full-hearted, to stay days and nights painting large-size images of King Bhumibol in his activities through his almost 90 years of life and 70 years as the King of Thailand. People from everywhere went through tunnel of construction site’s protection shelter and construction activities which are going on while the campus is under renovation to see these paintings. They must only be installed here to truly express our gratitude and respect to our eternal King.
To see a spherical immersive view of the space, you can visit my post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thana/posts/10209382270926002.