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Landscape Architecture Frontiers

Landsc. Archit. Front.    2014, Vol. 2 Issue (3) : 148-155
Experiments and Processes |
Social Fabric and Spatial Permutation — Ban Krua, Bangkok
Christoph LUEDER
Associate Professor, Kingston University London
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The community of Ban Krua has come to global attention through their successful resistance against a government proposal for a motorway that would have cut through their community on the banks of the Saen Saeb canal near Bangkok’s National Stadium. While academic studies attribute their erstwhile success either to the tactics of non-violent resistance sustained by community cohesion or to the communities’ longstanding ties with senior officials in the Thai military and bureaucracy, we were interested in the dynamic interrelationships between the social fabric that sustains this remarkable level of cohesion, and the spaces produced and inhabited by the community. Buildings are sometimes self-constructed and usually transformed over time; at the urban scale of the community the network of narrow alleyways is a direct extension of domestic space, subject to continuous permutation through dynamic processes of local connections triggering disconnection at urban level and vice versa.

Keywords Social and Spatial Structure      Urban and Local Connectivity      Informal Urbanism      Shared Space      Marginal Communities     
Issue Date: 04 July 2014
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Christoph LUEDER. Social Fabric and Spatial Permutation — Ban Krua, Bangkok[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2014, 2(3): 148-155.
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