The Sensorial Ring
PARADOX OF TOURISM Tourism in Thailand is a major player in its economy having accounted in 2015 for 19.3 percent (2.3 trillion THB) of Thailand's GDP. In 2016, Bangkok ranked first as "Top City Destinations" in Euromonior International. Suvarnabhumi Airport and SiamParagon shopping mall were ranked number one and two respectively in a list of the most photographed locations worldwide in 2012 in Instagram. As tourism is expected to increase even more in the future, it is crucial for us architects to reflect on this situation. During the studio, we have looked at the paradoxes that modern tourism presents: the attempt to present authenticity often deadening it;the search for adventure framed by a necessity of comfort and security; the look for a stronger connection with nature versus the unsustainable nature of tourism; the support for local industries like agriculture while raising local inflation; the creation of local jobs while the benefits mostly end up with global multinational corporations.
The collage besides shows one the of evolution of tourism from historical precedents to emerge concepts of traveling that are slowing supplanting the more traditional ones bofore proposed a new hybrid building that implements a new way of tourism.
Pongpol Punjawaytegul , INDA , Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok , Thailand