Category: other | Country: — June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Klong Toey Community Lantern by TYIN tegnestue Architects

Klong Toey is one of the biggest and oldest areas of informal dwellings in Bangkok. An estimate of more than 140,000 people live here, mostly in unsuitable conditions without any tenure rights or government support. The area suffers by a lack of public service such as medical care or affordable education, and also by almost inexistent infrastructure, sanitation and electricity. The constantly rising drug problems impact the social environment along with a high rate of unemployment, violence and criminality. The main content of the TYIN TegnestueArchitects project is a football court and a multifunctional playground. At the same time, it functions as a tool for solving some of the local problems.

This small step is a part of a planned larger „leap“ in developement. A year of preparations preceded the three weeks of construction. During this period, the project team cooperated with the community through discussions, workshops and public meetings. The design of the structure combines several core ideas and concepts and embodies several functions that were missing in the area until now – new basketball hoops, public performance stages, meeting places, climbing walls and new seating places. The cooperation of professionals with the local Thai community radically increases the chances for success of achieving and maintaining positive social change.

photos: e-architect.co.uk

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