With INDA and Space Saloon in Bangkok, Thailand.

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. 
(above) Photographs provided by Ford Thailand, from our launch event "Nang Loeng: Join Our Craft".
The event's schedule included Thai traditional dance, chess tournaments, local food specialties, activities from Baan Ten Rum's 'dance hall' and a movie screening.
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.

(above) The site before work began. 

(above) Photographs by students, Patr Vacharanukulkiet and Sakdithat Pitakkotchakorn, from the construction phase and the children's participatory workshop.
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.
Project Leaders: Rebecca Looringh-van Beeck, Danny Wills and Gianmaria Socci

Student Participants (INDA Year 3): Thunda Rerkpaisan, Panas Saengvanich, Chommalee Durongpisitkul, Thanjira Vimonanupong, Patr Vacharanukulkiet, Ramita Yibmontasiri, Bhuvarin Thaveetermsakul, Pattharaprapa Thongprasert, Takrit Mekpanuwat, Supatsorn Boontumma, Punnathorn Phuwichit, Nithikorn Seangkeaw, Sitanan Teeracharoenchai, Pakjira Itthisang, Panchaya Sonkom, Sakdithat Pitakkotchakorn, Boontita Boonsusakul, Tossaporn Sarochsuwan, Chutikarn Kaewudom, Palida Emwattana, Pasinee Kerdpongvanich, Chanarop Phothisit

Student Participants (INDA Year 2): Chanuti Sukhumcharoenchit, Manachanok Tantraporn, Phudtripart Bhudthonamochai, Prao Sirisaksopit, Premmika Taechavarangkul, Pollakrit Naimee, Tanyadhorn Dumrongkijkarn, Thanapond Namnanthasith

Special Thanks:
Nang Loeng Community
Promprop District Office
Royal Crown Property Bureau
Ford Resource and Engagement Center
Ford Motor Company
Urban Studies Lab (USL)
Scholars of Sustenance (SOS)
Lighting & Equipment PLC

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