Aquaterra

Bangkok, Thailand

Due to its natural geo-morphology, Bangkok is the land, which was once a river delta, full of vital life forces, most fertile for agriculture whose use was once dictated by a natural network of tributaries…

With the alarming increase in population coming up agains the reality of finite resources, global ecology is pushed out of balance. Bangkok is one of many major metropolitan cities facing this crisis – the rising current and super saturation of built constructions and over- population, the city has been re-configured without consideration of an existing tributary network.This natural distributing system, fallen into a state of erasure, is untraceable in its current urban form.

The proposal does not intend to restore the city to its original state, Itʼd rather adapt and redefine our relationship with water, re-civilize the land as much as re-cultivate its citizens. New culture could begin to emerge along the newly invented man-made terrain.

Increasing surface porosity >
wide and shallow ditch/channels: slow down the current, decreasing runoff debris,

Increasing storm drain speed in the center of the city with impervious surface >
deep ditch/channel for high holding capacity

Urban Irrigation > farming
rice + vegetable + tropical flowers & fruit farming

Redefine our relationships with water >
everydayʼs activities rhythmically flow along with the dynamic system of water defining the pulse of the city and its citizens.

In contrast to the conventional zoning logics, urban activities are considered as dynamic system; they are changing at various striation of the man-made terrain and they are fluctuated as water level changes.

Park
pedestrian and bicycle paths: Rows of large tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) and Indian Laburnum, or golden shower tree, Thai common name “Ratchaphruek” (Cassia Fistula Linn) growing for shades along the path

Market

XXL-Bioswale > Extensive System of Large size Bioswales with holding pools and massive wetland at the fringe of the river delta
maximize the time water spends in the swale which aids the trapping of pollutants and silt, breaking down certain pollutants

Riparian Zone > massive wetland along the riverʼs edge

Aqua Culture > fresh water pearl oysters and mussles farm – for environmental cleanup as well as for consumption…Oysters are filter feeders, Keeping water fresh and clear.

Design Team:
Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Samaa Elimam, Qingyue Li, Norbert Wong