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  2. 2. RATCHABURI, THAILANDUrban block studies + waterfront revitalization Background + zoning ordinance: a waterfront marketplace and community as the traditional urban core of the city of Ratchaburi, currently designated as ‘Commercial and High-density residential in the land use zoning planContext A medium-sized city in western Thailand. Size: 54 Population: 37,000 Historically, an inland port city with earlier waterfront settlements as the original urban core that has undergone gradual redevelopment over decades.Project Aims To provide an in-depth analysis of the settlement formation To assemble a historical account of eclectic building typology Land use: a mix-used community with diverse uses and tenants; Block structure: uniform, fine-grained block and settlement patterns. structure with small plot subdivisions and narrow frontages; ‘Lan’ (internal courtyard): an enclosed square within a block as a public space surrounded by shophouses; Lan network: enhancing the route of five public squares nearby. To provide development and preservation guidelines, capitalizing on the local ‘signature’ patterns. To revitalize the waterfrontPlanning Principles Character: enhance the area’s distinct architectural character by retaining buildings from various eras and ensure future development conform s with the overall atmosphere. Diversity: build on the existing fine subdivision patterns to promote Vehicular street: simple street network superimposed Typological study: historical types of buildings by area diverse retail activities and equitable access to property for motorized traffic; historic ‘Soi’ network: highly and building cycle; reveals an eclectic mix of styles, size, ownership permeable, narrow informal pedestrian paths ingrained and material dating from mid 19th century to present within the block, weaving frontages. day; makes for a dynamic skyline silhouette and Urban patterns: unearth existing urban patterns of ‘sois’ and ‘lans’, textured street block elevations. use ‘sois’ (ซอย), local alleys, as a main network of pedestrian circulation and ‘lans’ (ลาน), internal courtyards as public space imbuing the area with presence of residents. Vitality: activate the waterfront with pedestrian-oriented activities and a well-connected waterfront promenade, animated by the area’s strong sense of physical identity. Design guidance: form, structure, and material Design guidance for redevelopment and preservation to ensure consistency and Shophouses: vernacular type continuity in urban landscape. Special focused paid to the site’s identity: small plot size, fine-grained pedestrian paths, and mixed tenure. Napong Rugkhapan │ 1
  3. 3. RATCHABURI, THAILAND 13 street segments The project studied 13 different street segments in the CBD of RatchaburiUnraveling Sidewalks: Analysis & Design at 5pm on a weekday. In using different analytical techniques, the project hoped to develop a simple set of tools to better understand and assess the city’s sidewalks.Project Aims The project studied 13 street segments in Ratchaburi with the following aims and goals: To develop a simple, easy-to-use tool to assess the built environment, particularly the sidewalks; To unravel pedestrian experience with the sidewalks with thematic analyses, believing the sidewalk is ‘layered’ rather than flat; Pedestrian traffic To provide analytical techniques and design recommendations The highest pedestrian counts (above 300), represented as red bands, took that are practical, actionable, and cost-effective for a town place at the marketplace and the waterfront areas. The 2nd highest counts with limited capital endowment. (200-300, represented as orange) were around commercial streets and schools. The lowest pedestrian count (0-100, represented as green) happened in the institutional district and areas with blank walls. The areasMethods with the 2nd lowest count (100-200, yellow) are low- to medium-intensity• Counting: pedestrians on streets are counted for ten minutes land use areas with a random mix of detached housing and small retails. starting at 5pm on a weekday, three streets per day (5-5:10, 5:15-5:25, 5:30-5:40 respectively).• Measuring the sidewalk dimensions and noting where continuity breaks.• Photographing: manipulating the aperture to magnify texture and detail of the sidewalks. Continuity & Spaciousness The sidewalks represented as blue are ones marked with uninterrupted continuity and good width (1.5 meters and above). The sidewalks denoted in pink are interrupted in part, or not wide enough (below 1.5 meters), or both. The sidewalks marked in dashed red lines are not continuous or unpaved. Annotated maps, sketches, photographs Design guidance The study made the following recommendations. The brown sidewalks are those in the waterfront and old urban core, so should be designed to enhance interconnectivity to facilitate porous pedestrian flow. The orange sidewalks are to link the new commercial street, characterized by shops, stores, and eateries, with the waterfront to the north, thus strengthening the emerging axiality. Pink are sidewalks in medium- to low-density areas, so should be de-cluttered and tree-lined so as to animate the neighborhoods. Yellow are the sidewalks to be constructed. The overall global structure is to be achieved by interconnectivity and safe crossing at junctions. Napong Rugkhapan │ 2
  4. 4. LAEM NGOP, THAILANDLandscape and environmental designfor stormwater management Context • A coastal town in eastern Thailand. Size: 36 • High amount of stormwater runoff during raining seasons. • Poor quality of canal water near fishing villages. Project Aims • To provide cost-effective alternative solutions to stormwater management for a coastal town by introducing nonstructural measures such as landscape and environmental design. Conceptual masterplan • To reduce pressure on the town’s drainage infrastructure. • To provide guidelines for environmental management for Farmlands Riparian Restoration: section view deteriorating canal water quality. Zone 1: grassland Zone 2: bushes/shrubs Principles Zone 3: canopy trees • Ecological cohesion: encourages landscaped corridor of road- side swales and trees to help absorb runoff stormwater; protect soil surfaces; facilitate migration and flow of biodiversity. • Material: encourages use of locally-sourced and pervious farmlands Buffer Type 1: farmlands surfaces for runoff to easily filter through. Fishing village • Vitality: revitalizes community with network of tree-lined streetscape and rain gardens maximizing absorbent surfaces. Type 2: Fishing village Canal Canal and riparian restoration Phase I: national highway Phase II: feeder roads Design framework: swales and landscaped corridors, phase I and phase II Town center concept plan: green infrastructure Napong Rugkhapan │ 3
  5. 5. English Deprivation Indices 2007Discussing correlations The project’s summary Using London as a case study, the report looks at a number of domains in the English Deprivation Indices 2007 and their score mappings: Employment, Education, and Health. Rather than trying to establish a causation between two or more indices of Deprivation, the report shows that the relationship is more complex and not necessarily bivariate (and in fact, multivariate most of the time). That is, while it is relatively safe to say that Employment Deprivation (map 1) reflects Income Deprivation (map 4) (considering employment as a main source of income), it is much trickier to conclude that 1 2 Education Deprivation (map 2) causes Employment Deprivation (map 1). Working through different domain- pairings, the report attempts to debunk complex realities by identifying the spurious correlations. The report concludes that, while one Deprivation domain is not directly caused by another, the existence of two or more Deprivation domains in a given area points to other intervening factors at work e.g. the geography of ethnicity and ethnic diversity index (map 5). 3 4 5 6 Napong Rugkhapan │ 4
  6. 6. SINGAPORE IN ELEVATIONSThe project’s statementThe project photographed building elevations in three By taking each building out of context andareas in Singapore: Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar, and Joo rearranged one next to another in a streetscapeChiat to study the form and pattern of Singapore’s early elevation, the project aims at augmenting the20th century settlements: the shophouse. Divided by the sense of adjacency and immediacy known ofpart wall, the shophouse is an earlier form of mix-used every shophouse regardless of their provenance.development housing a shop on the ground floor and a Likewise, by digitally juxtaposing differentlodging on the top floor. Although eclectic in epochal styles, the images contrast theornamentation, these row houses are otherwise uniform; ephemeral fashion with the more tenacious formtwo-to-three storey tall, narrow front with a covered and function.walkway that function as a public space unifying theedifices in the same block. Napong Rugkhapan │ 5
  7. 7. BUILT ENVIRONMENT:PATTERN & ORDERThe project’s statementThe project explored pattern and order as a distinctivelyand innately human activity in the built environment ofTurin, Italy. Pattern is an organization of units and thusrequires a degree of order and the repetition of suchorder. Patterning and ordering is our attempt to makeartifacts identifiable, comprehensible, thus manipulable.By the same toke, the physical built environment, as aman-made creation is one reflection of human tendencyto reinstate an order that’s not only functional andutilitarian, but also cognitive. Napong Rugkhapan │ 6
  8. 8. SAIGON ON FOOTThe project’s statementThe project documented four recurring themes frequentlyencountered in the public realm – streets and sidewalks –during a daytime walking tour of Saigon, Vietnam. Thethemes are Congregation, Backstreets, Texture, andCrossing. The photographs are an attempt to capture thesenses and dynamism of Saigon on November 23, 2010. Backstreets TextureCongregation Crossing Napong Rugkhapan │ 7
  9. 9. SKETCHES & DRAWINGS Napong Rugkhapan │ 8
  10. 10. Conceptual PhotomontagePossibilities for waterfront revitalization Napong Rugkhapan │ 9