Thammasat University

Pre Japan by Aleksandra Shekutkovska


From next weekend onward I am proud to announce that I will have the opportunity to participate in the collaborative workshop between Centre of Excellence, Ritsumeikan University and Faculty of Architecture, Thammasat University on “Policy Formulation for Urban Development and Conservation of Historical and Cultural Areas in Kyoto and Osaka” which will take place at Ritsumeikan University.

Through the blog I will be writing reports which will cover the experiences, research, ideas and concepts shared during this workshop. Last week we had a preview of Thammasat student’s presentations which presented country reports on Thailand especially the cultural identity expressed through projects by the Department of Urban planning of APTU. Two of the groups presented participatory projects done in Bangkok with primary school children. They were unique in the overall framework of the given assignment and the results through these maps. The children have drawn maps which show a highly sensitive and attentive view of the city, if we look at different details and the bigger picture both bring closer to us different individual perceptions on the existing city and what is ideal city for them.

This past period I have been intrigued by this dialectics between the existing place and the expression of the map (s) of the same place. (When) Is the map more beautiful than the place itself? While looking of the maps of places in Japan I am eagerly waiting for this dialectics to unfold into experiences.


Пред Јапонија

Во текот на следниот викенд мило ми е што можам да соопштам дека ќе имам можност да бидам дел од колаборативната работилница помеѓу Centre of Excellence, Ritsumeikan University и Faculty of Architecture,Thammasat University на тема “ Формулирање на стандарди за урбан развиток и конзервација во историските и културните места на Кјото и Осака” на Ritsumeikan University.

Преку платформата The URB CLV ќе пишувам постови за набљудувањата, истражувањата, идеите и концептите споделени во рамките на оваа работилница. Претходната недела на Тамасат имавме прилика да видиме проба на студентски презентации кои го портретираат Тајланд како контекст, особено културниот идентитет изразен преку проекти на катедрата за Урбано планирање на Архитектонкиот факултет. Две од групите ни открија два партиципаторни проекти направени во Бангкок со деца од основно училиште, специфични во целосната структура на зададената задача и резултатите самите мапи. Децата нацртале мапи кои прикажуваат целосно сензитивен и внимателен поглед на градот, доколу се фокусираме на различни детали во поголемата слика ни доближуваат разновидни индивидуални перцепции за постоечкиот град и за она што е идеален град за нив.

Во последниов период ме гали дијалектиката помеѓу постоечкото место и изразот на мапите на истото. Дали (Кога) е мапата (секогаш) поубава од самото место ? Кога ги гледам мапите на местата во Јапонија целосно се подготвувам оваа дијалектика да се расклопи во доживување на истото.


Preparing for MaPS. Mastering Public Space by Aleksandra Shekutkovska




By City Space Architecture

City Space Architecture is proud to announce a series of events for the presentation of first year's results of "MaPS. Mastering Public Space", international research project, that will take place May 23-31, 2015 in Italy.

MaPS is a collaborative research network involving more than 25 leading Universities and institutions all around the world. It promotes a critical reflection on public space, in a multidisciplinary field of action. 

MaPS works on education, research and innovative, human-oriented design.

MaPS is part of an international debate on public space and urbanity. It is a network of cities from Argentina, United States of America, Canada, Italy, Spain, Greece, Crete, Germany, UK, Sweden, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

MaPS involves scholars together with undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from:
National Technical University of Athens, Greece / University of Auckland, New Zealand / Thammasat University, Thailand / UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain / QUT – Queensland University of Technology, Australia / Universidad de Palermo, Argentina / Lebanese American University, Lebanon / University of Canberra, Australia / Illinois Institute of Technology, USA / Università di Bologna, Italia / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China / Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel / Taylor’s University, Malaysia / University of Nicosia, Cyprus / Carleton University, Canada / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / co+labo Radovic, Keio University, Japan / Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy / National Taiwan University, Taiwan

and professionals from:
Barcelona / Beirut / Berlin / Bologna / London / Mostar / Tripoli
and non-profit cultural associations such as:
International Society of Biourbanism / Labirinto: Culture e Civiltà Mediterranee



On May 23, 2015, at the III Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico the results of the first year of MaPS’s activities will be presented and discussed during an international workshop, involving all affiliated members. The Biennial is a national event promoted by the Italian Institute for Urban Planners in collaboration with the National Council of Architects that takes place at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Roma Tre.

On May 24, 2015, MaPS will be presented at MAXXI B.A.S.E in Rome, during an international symposium and exhibition. MAXXI is the National Museum of the XXIst Century Arts in Rome, it is an Italian leading institution, well-known internationally.

After the Roman events, MaPS will travel across Italy, it will reach Ascoli Piceno, a case study of Jan Gehl’s investigations on public space, for a two-day photography workshop (May 27-28), then Urbino, the ideal city, and Bologna, where it will have another session (May 29) at the Urban Center