urbanisation

Microcommunity-primary cell of the Mega(Meta)city by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

Walking around Chinatown I was always perceiving the street fronts as not-permeable, neon sign decorated shields of family businesses, gold shops, food corners and tasty deserts. Nevertheless, the backdrop of these shields embraces behind itself the reminiscence of the organic city, labyrinths that seem “without purpose”, micro open spaces, entrances to homes, shrines, temples, markets..

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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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Chinatown by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

One can literally get lost here inside the spontaneous architecture maze. The insider alleys are leading you to what the bare skin of the city is, its true forces, failures and perhaps not-place-for-all. Compounds of superimposed paths, markets, extensions, physical shelters and stairs create a large scale abdomen of informalised urban fabric. From time to time the abdomen is penetrated by openings, allowing light and air to reach the ground and remind us once again to indulge into appreciation.

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