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OPTION STUDIOS RECONSIDERING ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL

Introduction

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school of architecture is a special type of building and, perhaps one of the most challenging spaces to design. A school of architecture must simultaneously accommodate a large variety of functional demands, serve as a didactic model for both students and professors, foster trans-disciplinary collaboration, enable dynamic capacities of expansion and academic flux, and engage social, cultural, and historical narratives. This project challenges the students to design a new school of architecture for INDA.

On voting day, each eligible member of the Faculty of Architecture will have one vote, equal to one point each. After the voting has concluded, there will be an announcement of all the programs slated for removal, renovation, or contraction. Those programs gradually will be constructed within the 4-year period. Any spaces that are owned by a specific department -- for example, INDA, Interior Design, Urban Design, Thai Architecture -must take turns in the renovation process. The programs that are under construction would be placed in a transitional space provided in the 3 courtyards of the faculty.

Reconstitute Architecture School Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, launched a project in 2012 to revolutionize the educational system – a system typically controlled with top-down management. The system has become obsolete and prone to corruption, making growth and change incredibly challenging. It is the nature of all institutions to grow and expand but the reality of construction and architecture is that they are slow processes. The existing architecture could not keep up with this rapid desire to expand, and inevitably, the building fell into a constant process of tedious and endless renovation. The contract aims to solve these difficult situations, by proposing a flexible system of architecture that is adaptable and responsive to the needs of current and future users. This project states that, every 4 years, students, teachers, and staff of the Faculty of Architecture will have the right to vote for the future of the school. Each person will only be able to vote for the shared spaces that they would like to renovate, add, or contract.

Many construction elements--namely scaffolding, tower cranes, construction elevators, and construction workers--would be employed in this system to provide flexibility necessitated by the university. This project aims to transform the pedagogy of architecture through a direct experience of construction. With constant construction, the building and process of architecture is exposed, studied, lived in, and activated. The faculty building itself becomes material to be studied through its process, which would be aligned with the duration of an architecture education. Perhaps this project would not only serve a didactic function, but also work to ameliorate political entrenchment – promoting flexibility, development, and innovation.

Instructor: Yarinda Bunnag and William Patera

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Work by: Veerasu Saetae

OPTIONS STUDIOS 2nd semester T

he Architectural Design Hydro Performative Bangkok Studio focuses on Nonthaburee province, located in northwest Bangkok. The frequency of flooding has increased in most of the surrounding areas in recent years. While it can be assumed that there will be higher levels of flooding in the future, precipitation is actually decreasing, resulting, paradoxically, in a greater frequency of drought. As a result, we are confronting what is considered an “extreme condition.” Instead of considering it a threat, we can conceive of flooding as an opportunity – as a source of water and nutrients. Therefore, my design utilizes the benefits of flooding through landscape infrastructure during such “extreme conditions.” More than 80% of the land at the selected area is rice paddy fields. My design strategy is to promote the use of tall rice species, which will replace some of the existing rice paddy fields, in order to improve the landscape’s ability to retain water during periods of drought. To optimize the most efficient landscape proposal, it was necessary to analyze the ecology at a much broader scale, taking into account the relationships and cycles of the existing diverse habitats over time. Each of these habitats will play a supporting role though the proposed landscape infrastructure across a variety of periods and seasonal conditions, and the resulting coordination will generate improved agricultural performance, greater yields, and higher incomes for Thai farmers.

HYDRO PERFORMATIVE BANGKOK Tuam - Ton

Drought Condition

Instructor: Chon Supawongse

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Work by: Wuttiphon Rattanajitdamrong

Profile for William Patera

INDA Newsletter 2013  

2013 newsletter of student works for the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

INDA Newsletter 2013  

2013 newsletter of student works for the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

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