Top Student Award: 'An Urban Disruptive Infrastructure: I am a public space' by Santhila Chanoknamchai

INDA Y3 – Vulnerable States, Cluster 3: Theatre of the Everyday
Top Student Award: 'Soi Polo' by Pimboon Wongmesak & Nanna Thaiboonruang
Y3 Cluster Topic: Theatre of the Everyday, co-lead with Danny Wills
Keywords: site research, tactile urbanism, street politics, incremental change, architectural agency, community participation, people as infrastructure 
In this cluster, we will develop new forms of urban literacy by learning to read and act on the city. We position site research as a design activity, encouraging the use of surveying tools and qualitative research methods to unpack the complexities of urban space. Through measurement, mapping, carefully designed interviews, observation, sketching and data extraction, we will analyse and reimagine the spatial context of vulnerable communities in Bangkok.
The goal of the cluster is to define a grounded and analytical process for contextually sensitive design that promotes community engagement and incremental change. Our projects will not invent realities from foreign concepts but rather they will unfold, discover, modify, extend upon and reveal the inherent identities and ingenuity already present in our sites of interest.


Top Student Award runner-up: 'Gucci Gala: The Urban Runway' by Ramita Yibmontasiri

INDA Y3 – Endemichomes, Cluster 3: Scarcity and Excess
Y3 Cluster Topic: Scarcity and Excess, co-lead with Danny Wills
Keywords: resource, resourceful, infrastructural systems, innovative adaptations, moments, nomads, mobility and temporality. 
How can we learn about resourcefulness from vernacular architecture? The Global Footprint Network has calculated what resources we have (left) and the rate at which we should be using them. This year, we exceeded our yearly quota within 7 months, consuming our natural resources 1.7 times faster than the earth’s ecosystems can replenish them. Unfortunately, we’ve been overshooting these targets since the 1970s. But this year, we did it quicker than ever before. In light of this, vernacular building technologies (and their adaptations over time) are referenced so that we may expand upon our understanding of localised strategies towards resource management. 
Secondly, how can we challenge notions of domesticity and the requirements of a 'standard home' through the study of vernacular living systems? Daily living consolidates a set of inputs and outputs that accommodate our routines and desires. We need to eat, drink, sleep, cleanse and socialise, and we need shelter from the elements. These inputs and outputs form a series of systems that we can analyse, untangle, understand and ultimately redesign. The cluster aims to research vernacular living as a base from which we may challenge our personal understandings of 'home' and 'community', applying these insights to the design of new housing typologies for Bangkok.


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