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Graeme Bristol

THE CITIZEN ARCHITECT

MAY 2002

the buildings these future architects would be designing. It seemed to me there was a connection between these conditions and the ability of these workers to meet the requirements of any proposed design or standard when they are tired, hungry and worried about the safety of their children on the site. 2.3.

THE PORTABLE PRESCHOOL

Related to that last point, another project initiated by the Lighthouse Club was the portable preschool. They were looking for a prototype that could be used on construction sites around Bangkok. As is typical in much of south and Southeast Asia, construction workers live on the site with their families. While mother and father are working on the site young preschool children will simply play on the site. In an effort to keep mom and dad from worrying (understandably) about their children while they work, and to provide some educational opportunities, the Lighthouse Club has funded two different schools for HDF including the one on the new airport site. They thought that a mobile prototype that could be moved with the construction workers from site to site would be a good idea. Since the term was just finishing when this proposal was made, I had to find volunteer students to work on this – motivated by something other than grades! Fortunately there were still a few that were not leaving the city for the summer and I cornered three of them to work with me on the project.

Figure 13 - exterior of school

Because the Lighthouse Club had possible access to some cheap or free containers, it was decided to use this as the starting point for design. The site for the prototype was in Ladprao, in eastern Bangkok. HDF had a preschool there that needed to be replaced (see Figure 13, 14). It was Figure 14 - interior of school composed of two tent structures with wooden slats as walls. The total area was 8m by 8m. Inside were 104 children and 4 teachers. I could see the need.

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Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

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