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Bangkok 2082

01/04/2009

setupBangkok 2082, the project from our initiation with the colaboration of 3 other young architectural offices (Phd. Studio, S+PBA, Aposthropy’s). It was part of the exhibition called Bangkok 226 (Bangkok is 226 years old this year) at Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC.)map2

We devide downtown area of Bangkok into 4 parts each of which is 1.5km.x1.5km. The different part of the map is given to different group of designer to be given their vision upon by making physical model on top of it. There is no other rules about the making of the model but time retriction that it will be Bangkok in the year 2082 to garantee that each group can express their future view of Bangkok freely. The 4 physical models are juxtaposingly connected in the exhibition to illustrate different scenarios of the futurist Bangkok. side

Within the modern movement of Bangkok as a city, visionary discussion over the future image of the city itself never exist.  With10 million inhabitants, Bangkok can be considered as a metropolis at least around the region, the Asian metropolis that has unique beauty, lives and problems of its own.

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We believe that the discussion over the future of our living environment should be in broad scale including many practises, writers, architects, movie makers, politicians, artists etc. That hase been what Bangkok is lacking.

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In our version; in 2082 Bangkok will be a metropolis of 40 million population (4 times of what it is at the moment.) Fossil fuel has been vanished. All automotives are Hydrogen based so Bangkokian are using cars still. The 30th phase of express way is under construction (4th phase at the moment). It is 7 storey stacking on each other, the tallaest in the world. The governvent build social housing towers for the residents. They are 250 storey, 800 meters high. The tallest building in Bangkok is 1,500 meters high, the 3rd tallest in the world.

The entertainment business reaches its top level; the drive-in cineplex shows 50 movies in the same time stacking 200 meters from the ground. Casino and massage palours have been legalized. There are intertwined with the highway system. The city finally found the great idea, expanding the existing public park 20 times bigger than it is. No one can build on it. (The idea is taken from Central park in New York City) However, the luxury big and small projects are protuding, overhanging, overlapping with the city’s man made nature. 7-Eleven spread like virus over everything.

In 2082, Bangkok is still a city in super congestion condition. Bangkokian are still happy people like who they are.

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