Street Names as Method

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

Experimenting with Design Thinking: A Research Methodology for an Over-Studied Urban Community

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

Transdisciplinarity as grounding: ‘broadening horizons of empathy and expanding spheres of action’

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’

An old photo competition reveals the memories and histories of Kampung Peneleh

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