Flooding front and centre at Bangkok architecture exposition

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Flooding will be the main theme of the Architect ’12 fair, featuring flood-escape housing design, a trend toward ceramic tile instead of wood, and redesigned mechanical and engineering systems.

Chalay Kunawong, vice-president of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA), said flooding was the hot issue with the public, so Architect ’12 would be about nothing but water.

“We have lived with water since long ago. We have to continue to live with it,” he said.

There will be seven academic zones about water at the fair: Learning from Yesterdays, Architecture and Cities, Thailand’s Settlement with Water, Our King and Water, Global Case Studies on Architecture with Water, Six Water Cities, and Visionary Water Architecture.

The Learning from Yesterdays exhibit will show how Thais lived with water and learned from it during the Dharavadee Age, the Sukothai Age, the Ayudhya Age and the Ratanakosin Age.

Architecture and Cities will show how city planning developed.

Thailand’s Settlement with Water will show samples of people living with water such as the Koh Panyi community and those living in raft houses.

“We will select six provinces like Nan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ayutthaya and Nakhon Sawan for architect firms to review and introduce flood protection solutions for future guidelines, not just basic ones,” Dr Chalay said.

Source and Read more: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/275620/flooding-front-and-centre-at-architecture-exposition

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