The streets of a city, when studied carefully, can unfurl like the pages of a history book. In Vietnam, the history of street names is particularly revealing, because the names themselves have changed with successive precolonial, colonial, post-colonial, American-sponsored, anti-communist, communist, and what might now be called “late socialist,” “post-reform era,” or, perhaps most accurately, … Continue reading Street Names as Method
Although Thingazar Chaung as a settlement has been in its current location since the time of Alaungpaya, the founder of Konbaung dynasty in the middle of the 18th century, little has been written about this neighbourhood. It remains on the periphery. When King Mindon founded Mandalay, the last Burmese dynastic capital, in 1857, Thingazar Chaung … Continue reading Sense of Place in Thingazar Chaung
by Non Arkaraprasertkul and Boonanan Natakun “What do you guys want from us, this time?” This rhetorical and dismissive question can easily be heard by new researchers trying to interview residents at the Nang Loeng neighborhood in the heart of the Old City of Bangkok. For decades, Nang Loeng has been at the center of … Continue reading Experimenting with Design Thinking: A Research Methodology for an Over-Studied Urban Community
by Tessa Maria Guazon Culture as potent driver of development frames the Escolta case study: myself, visual artists Alma Quinto, Nathalie Dagmang, and Cian Dayrit are interested in ways communities mobilise themselves to survive rapid changes happening in cities. We have three projects that mobilise creativity and conversation as central approaches to field work and … Continue reading Transdisciplinarity as grounding: ‘broadening horizons of empathy and expanding spheres of action’
by Thomas Manuel The SEANNET team flew into Bangkok on July 15th, the day of the FIFA World Cup final. It was an event that seemed to take on a deeper significance after the recent triumphant rescue of the young Thai football team that had been trapped for weeks. As volunteers flocked from across the … Continue reading Maps and Menus: The Workshop at Nang Leong in Bangkok
by Erik Harms The village (thôn) of Phú Nhuận is said to have existed since 1698, when Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh established taxation regimes for the Nguyễn Lords in what is now known as the southern region of Vietnam. At that time, Phú Nhuận was part of Gia Định Province (Tỉnh Gia Định), Tân Bình prefecture … Continue reading Early traces of old Phú Nhuận before the French
I want to submit several photographs that shown on the Old Photography Competition or Lomba Foto Lawas. We held this event during the Indonesian Independence anniversary last year. Kampung people used to commemorate the Independence day by organized many activities including competition. However, we thought that it is much more interesting if we seek the … Continue reading An old photo competition reveals the memories and histories of Kampung Peneleh
As a part of the Wua Lai project, Pijika Pumketkao and Ajarn Komsan Teeraparbwong share some images of inhabited spaces and Buddhist temples with their silver engraved wall constitute meaningful ‘places’ in this neighbourhood.
This post is a part of the Escolta project in Manila in the Phillippines.
Khun Supap and his younger brother, only two of three silver bowl engravers left in Muen Sarn Silver Neighbourhood, proudly display a beautiful ‘countryside life scene’ on their latest creation. This is a part of the Wua Lai project in Thailand.