By Komson Teeraparbwong Neighbourhoods' living condition became a priority as a crucial responsive reaction, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit every region around the world since the beginning of 2020. This has resulted in severe impacts to the Tourism Industry, particularly in Chiang Mai as a main tourism Hub of Northern Thailand. Wua-lai, … Continue reading Wua-Lai observation during COVID19
By Komson Teeraparbwong Team Wua-lai, Chiang Mai, Thailand Introduction Before Covid-19 struck earlier this year, the Wua-Lai team had organised a "match-making" academic workshop in December last year. We called it "match-making" because we were trying, for the first time, to set up the regular students' workshop (between FACMU-Chiang Mai & ENSA-Paris Bellville) to run … Continue reading “Workshop within workshop”: Silver-craft Neighbourhood Forum as a learning process
By Pijika Pumketkao-Lecourt In mid-December, with a map and a drawing board in hand, a group of Franco-Thai students walked through the calm shaded alleyways in Wua Lai neighbourhood. As part of the Spatial Investigation Workshop, they had been asked to conduct a survey on the living space of Wua Lai, to make sketches of … Continue reading Survey, Drawing, Interview : Tools for Discovering the Urban Living and Stories of Wua Lai Neighbourhood
By Komson Teeraparbwong First Approach: Ban King-Kaew Roundtable Forum. "A Neighbourhood voice" Chairs were set in a circle, so that the “round-table forum” could be ready to receive our important guests. Many key persons who live in Wua-lai neighbourhood area came into the room and sat within the circle. Some were representing their area of … Continue reading Dialogues on two Different Approaches to Wua-lai area
by Boonanan Natakun and Non Arkaraprasertkul During the past six months after Southeast Asian Neighborhood Network (SEANNET) workshop in Bangkok last July, we have been keeping track with what has been happening at project site, the Nang Loeng Neighborhood. Residents, as always, know and therefore welcome us to their homes and speak to us about … Continue reading “Updated Sense of Belonging” of Nang Loeng
By Thomas Manuel The Chiang Mai leg of the Thailand workshop began with visits to the Chiang Mai House Museum where different traditional residential structures had been preserved for posterity and the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) which is a public learning space to foster design and creativity. At TCDC, the Director introduced the … Continue reading Sensing Silver: The Chiang Mai Workshop
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 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
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.
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.