An underused public space in Noeng Loeng, Bangkok, has been refreshed and energized with added greenery and new park furniture. The project is the result of a two month long intensive design-build program, engaging with the community and local students to develop a proposal that would bring life back to the site. The project included both the design of physical improvements - added greenery, seating and play space - and curation of the launch event. The launch, "Nang Loeng: Join Our Craft", welcomed local venders and artisans into the space to share their techniques and cooking skills, while activating the new and improved park environment.
The design process included a series of charrettes with the students, the results of which were reworked by myself and my colleague, Gianmaria Socci, into realizable outputs. This was complimented by a series of participatory workshops with the community. The overall scheme focused on breaking up the site into smaller pockets to improve approachability.
Each zone housed one of the new furniture components: a large L-shaped double-sided bench, a play 'pyramid' with swing and climbing surfaces, notice board, and a two tiered stand / stage. All new equipment was designed and constructed using scrap materials donated by Ford Thailand. The work was built by us and the student team over 4 weeks, with the help of Ford's Plant Engineers.