Exhibition 'Emerging Tectonics' : 'Thai Contemporary Architecture' , China
นิทรรศการ สถาปัตยกรรมไทยร่วมสมัย 'Emerging Tectonics'
จัดโดย URBANCROSS Gallery เซี่ยงไฮ้ ประเทศจีน
ระหว่างวันที่ 8 - 22 สิงหาคม 2561
ผลงาน 'อาคารที่พักอุบาสิกา' วัดป่าวชิรบรรพต จ.ชลบุรี
Thailand has been trying to catch up with global economic growth since the Southeast Asian Cold War ended in the 1980s. High rising buildings shot up into the sky and waves of international investment encouraged Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, to expand vertically and horizontally. The two-direction development ushers Thai architecture into a new phase of diversity, and the achievement is introduced to the world through projects led by firms like A49. Images Publishing, an Australian magazine, released a special coverage on A49, followed by Japan’s A+U interviewing and publishing the A49 Progressive Vernacular. Through the media exposures, the unique locality, culture and decorativeness of Thai architecture are introduced to international readers. In 1997, the Asian Financial Crisis broke. The political tumult and the burst of economic bubbles lead Thai architecture to another new level instead of downturn.
The economic crisis in 1997 left tens of thousands of bankrupted companies and rendered more than 2.7 millions of people jobless. In order to recover from the impact, Thailand’s government shifted from a reliance on labor-intensive model for mass production to a strategy focused on creative industry supported by high-end manufacturing and services. The economic reform brought about social, cultural and economic resurgence encompassing various industries, including fashion, animation, food, car and tourism. On the one hand, the government pumped abundant resources into creative industries to strengthen the nation’s design ability and related developments. On the other, state policies encouraging international investors are implemented to integrate the national and international soft- and hardware resources. The effort successfully gains the country a foothold in today’s international arena of architecture.
The exhibition invited some examples of Thai contemporary architecture designed by architectural firms in Thailand, including Architectkidd, all(zone), Bangkok Project Studio, CHAT architects, Department of ARCHITECTURE, Stu/D/O Architects, Supermachine Studio and Walllasia. Some of these architects were born around 1970 and have completed their education first at the Chulalongkorn University and then at some of the top institutes in the United States and Europe. The rest of them were educated and have been practicing abroad for many years. Despite the difference in background, all of them choose Bangkok as their base camp to express their ideas in architecture, such as “humble autonomy”, “harmonious design strategy”, and “sustainable construction management.”
Sam Lee | Boulder Design