National Housing Authorities in Thailand
Kasetsart University (Th) / Bordeaux School of Architecture (Fr)
In 1997 the Asian economic crisis hit the city of Bangkok hard and the government as well as private investors had to stop their infrastructure development projects. Some 300 sites scattered in central Bangkok were abandoned during their construction. These sites represent a considerable number of vacant hectares in the form of empty stacked plateaus. Considering their immensity and their impact on the scale of the city, they are qualified as as „new territories“. Fifteen of them were visited during the project, which aims to make their full potential visible and develop ideas on the implementation of mixed programs. The project approach was to use an example to think about flexible strategies that could be applied to other areas. This project was the subject of a global reflection on the city of Bangkok.