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Graeme Bristol

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THE CITIZEN ARCHITECT

MAY 2002

CONSTRUCTION WORKER HOUSING

At a meeting of the local chapter of the Lighthouse Club – a construction industry charity founded in the UK – I saw a preliminary plan of the construction camp for the new international airport for Bangkok (see Figure 3 & 4). The plan called for a camp for about 16,000 workers plus another 30% for family members on 21 ha of land in the SW corner of the site. The preliminary design shows a grid (see Figure 4) laid out with 32 plots, each allocated to the various subcontractors. Each plot of 4400 sm had six blocks of housing comprised of 28 units of 3 m by 4 m with common toilets on the ground floor. In addition there was open space (about 8%) and common areas for a school, canteen, shops and administration space. Figure 3 - location plan of new airport The camp will grow as the project develops and will ultimately be dismantled when the project is finished. In looking at the plan, I was convinced that my students could do something better than what was proposed. The timing allowed for it to be a studio project.

Figure 4 - Airport site plan with construction camp in NE corner (lower right)

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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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