urban tissue

Shophouse by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

When I decided to move in Bangkok I was perpetually under the impression that I am walking in Edward Ruscha’s Every building on the sunset strip. I felt strips of buildings stamped into my memory somewhere between the impressions of their poor conditions, undecided destiny and urbantropology. Bangkok urban tissue construct is fabricated in greatest number by 4 storey shop houses built during the 1960’s serving as an economic resolution for housing demands in the dawn of urbanization. City expansions, new aspirations and development have left numerous shop houses into sceneries of ghost flâneur caves, leaving no traces of what was once the urbanization zeitgeist. Abandoned and poorly maintained some of them are located in attractive areas such as transportation stops of the MRT (metro line) and BTS (sky train) waiting uncertainly for their fortune telling- if they will be rented, live to see their own space requalification or be just another developer’s desert.

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Three urban scenarios of living published in Porta 3 magazine by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

Architecture magazine Porta 3 has published the Thong Lo BTS trilogy: Three urban scenarios of living. 

“The creative milieu represented in Thong Lo trilogy is a small scale personification of the essential identity of Bangkok. The differences in the spatial dialogue, the pedestrian trajectories, public space and the iconography of the separate scenographies constitute a city- synthesis of distinctive users and happenings.”

Креативното милје прикажано во Трилогијата Тонглор го персонифицира есенцијалниот идентитет на Бангкок во помал размер. Разликите во просторниот дијалог, пешачките траектории, јавниот простор и иконографијата на сите поединечни сценографии го прават градот синтеза од различни корисници и случувања”. 

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Walk above it all by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

Condominium slogans reveal a great deal about constructing urban identities and urban lifestyles. Still working on my mini collection of condominium slogans ( specifically on condominiums close to the BTS station ).

In the meantime, mapping and exploring development phases in Thong Lo has become a task. Using google's earth history tool it's convenient enough to depict certain places of development and how they have changed in the last 10 years. Since Bangkok post revealed that Sukhumvit 38 beginning street food ingenuity will be replaced with a developer's plan of a luxury condominium, I am interested in going even more in depth with changes in land ownership, urban development versus labor/residence alterations, stages of breaking the "ecosystem of the soi" , effects and consequences of differentiating the residential and productive functions and forces of the neighbourhood. 

Bellow is the historical development of Noble Remix 2 condominium which is connected with Thong Lo BTS station with it's individual elevated access. This only indicates the change in the physical form, the urban tissue of the district. What happens bellow it all, the invisible elevated city layer versus the informal "performative environments" remain an ongoing research. 

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2011- PEDESTRIAN PATHS ARE ADDED CONNECTING THE BTS AND THE CONDOMINIUM WITH AN ELEVATED PLATFORM 

2015- NEW CONSTRUCTION SITE NEXT TO NOBLE REMIX 2 (RIGHT SIDE) "CYCLE" BEGGINS AGAIN 

2015- NEW CONSTRUCTION SITE coming soon Sukhumvit 38 shophouses to be demolished and replaced by luxury condominium