Infrastructure

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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Dérive, Urbanophilia and the Phantasmagoric land by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

As soon as I bought the metro ticket taking me to explore the large scale entertainment complexes (MRT Huai Kwang, Sutthisan) I was aware it has happened. Perpetual condition of urbanophilia resulting with streams of consciousness in the city itself. Travelling inside the tube in reach for a piece of the Phantasmagoric land I was remembering the lecture I gave last week on Urban context analysis and deciding to include the dérive by the Situationists to refer to the ambiances in the city.

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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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Flowscape by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

Weaved flux illusions are creating the urban tissue of Bangkok. One of my dear friends shares with me: here everything seems like it’s in consequent movement. Touched by the collage of numerous dwellers rushing in paths on different levels, experiencing the entrance and exit in movement on different points through the scenography carpet erases the memories of many hours spent in traffic jams.

Exits and entrances, escalators, elevated pedestrian walkways, skywalks and skytrain, contain a rigid prosthesis for the city. Perplexed geometries of movement make every impression of the city dipped in dynamics and density. The observer with a blurred picture “unnoticeable” moves through processes, exits and entrances and places moving consequently vertically and horizontally.

The living next to the water is decanted into living by the road, highways. Water in comparison to earth is “equipping” us, shaping us to think in different terms about our shelter, home, movement in the city, firstly through the relationship home-water, river, canal, and sea, thereupon transportation, to temporariness, living with changes, living with reflex and perpetual differences from anything constant.

Flux trail or better said flowscape is an attentive designed movement through Bangkok which moves us horizontally, vertically and diagonally through the city, on few levels, in the same time uncovering iconographies in which the dialog of living by (near) the water and living by (near) earth come together. The self conscious existence of Bangkok remains an illusion which connects the shades of private, semi-private, semi-public and public spaces connected with land ownership. The public infrastructure as a spine of the city, the breathtaking superstructure is consolidating a partial form as well as attributing movement possibilities.

Megatropolis, A trip through Bangkok’s Urban Book is a walking tour by Context travel which leads us and teaches us how the Flowscape infrastructure influences and shapes the city through the mass transit system. The sensitive recognizing and interest of Context to present the creative milieu of Bangkok which reveals itself through the BTS sky train teaches understanding of the city of Bangkok as a structure, historical development, format of public and private space and flux. The pedestrian movement methodologically brings closer to us the experience and the palimpsest behind selected places in the city, uncovering the passage from city on the water links to city on road network.

More information about the tour can be found on the following link.

Reviews of the tour are available on the following link.

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Пејсаженфлукс

 

Исткаени и испреплетени флукс илузии го создаваат градското ткиво на Бангкок. Ми вели еден драг пријател, тука е се во консеквентно движење. Посегнати од колажот на многубројни жители кои брзаат на патеки во различни нивоа, доживувајќи го влезот и излезот во движењето на различни точки и тепихот од сценографии, ги бришат многубројните часови поминати во стагнирањето на истото тоа движење.

Излези и влезови, ескалатори, надземни пешачки премини, небесни патеки, надземен воз сочининуваат крута протеза на градот. Вкрстени геометрии на движење го прават секој впечаток на градот натопен во динамика и густина. Набљудувачот, со заматена слика пред себенезабележителноминувајќи низ процеси, излези и влезови и места движејќи се консеквентно хоризонтално и вертикално.

Живеењето на луѓето покрај вода се преточило во живеење покрај патиштата, автопатите. Впрочем водата за разлика од земјата не наоружува, не обликува на поинаков начин да размислуваме за односот живеалиште, движење во градот, најпрвин преку односот живеалиште-река, канал, море, потоа низ транспортот до минливоста, живеење во промени, рефлексно живеење и спротивност на се она што значи константност.

 

Флукспатека или подобро речено пејсаж на флукс е внимателно проектирано движење низ Бангкок кое не води хоризонтално, вертикално и дијагонално низ градот, истовремено откривајќи ни сценографии во кои се вкрстува дијалогот на живеење на (покрај) реката и на (покрај) земјата. Само-свесното битие на Бангкок претставува илузија на движење на поврзување приватни, полу приватни, полу јавни и јавни простори со нијанси врзани за припадноста на градско парче. Јавната инфраструктура ербетот на градот, восхитувачка суперструктура која консолидира одредена форма исто онолку колку што распостелува можности на движење .

Мегаполис, патување низ урбаниот бум на Бангкок пешачка тура на Контекст травел не води низ тоа како Флукс-пејсажната инфраструктура го обликува градот преку масовниот транзит систем. Сензитивното препознавање и интерес на Контекст да го приближи креатвното милје на Бангкок кое се распостелува низ транспортот на надземниот воз го приближува разбирањето на градот Бангкок како структура, неговиот историски развој, формат на приватен и јавен простор, движење и флукс. Пешачкото движење методолошки го доближува доживувањето на флуксот како и палимпсесот позади секое место на градот, откривајќи го неговиот премин од град на водена во земјена транспортна мрежа.

Линк до повеќе информации за пешачката тура

Линк до осврнувања на патувачи низ пешачката тура

 


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 



Preparing for MaPS. Mastering Public Space by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

 

via: http://www.cityspacearchitecture.org/?e=25

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

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GENERAL PROGRAM OF EVENTS

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

Imagining skywalks : Support for the authenticity of GTC Skopje by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

The skytrain is a dreamy way of transport in Bangkok.

Against the nightmare in traffic, where you can always find yourself stuck, spending hours in taxi, bus or vans, the line of the SKYTRAIN is relaxing, clean, air-conditioned decorated with advertisements inside and out. I love to use it for travelling round the city; it feels like a gentle breeze in the chaotic city. Different buildings plug in into the network of the sky train having their own SKYWALK.  PUBLIC SPACE around the sky train has different levels of publicity, function; they lead you differently inside of the buildings. The pathways have influenced some of the shopping malls owners to renovate their façades and polish them to detail together with the interior in order to continue the dream of the comfort you got familiar with once you entered the train.

The sky train has special public spaces; ones with different characters which sometimes are connectors sometime create boundaries.

The skywalks sometimes remind me of the City trade centre in Skopje.

These days the initiative in Skopje for the City trade centre (architect Zivko Popovski ) continues its saga. The association of architects, non-governmental organisations, individual and groups of citizens in Skopje are raising their voice to preserve the authenticity of the building. Here the sky train is just the roads in the centre with buses and cars, and the skywalks are on the ground “invisibly” carving the building space. It is like the city dwelling, integrating in the same time accesses, movement and exits into the building in such a witty way that you don’t feel like in a building anymore. This building embraces different shades of public space. Public space which doesn't make a differentiation between age groups, nationalities, religions, professions, hobbies or aspirations. It is the sense of movement and the social belonging in space, the freedom which makes me sense the authentic PUBLIC SPACE SKYWALKS are here.

Raising my support for keeping the authenticity of the building. 

Skytrain е сонувачки транспорт во Бангкок.

Наспроти кошмарот на градскиот сообраќај кадешто лесно може да се пронајдеш поминувајќи часови во такси, автобус, кола или комбе, SKYTRAIN е освежувачки, релаксиран, чист и климатизиран начин на патување, декориран со реклами. Го сакам овој начин на патување низ градот, најмногу заради тоа што го доживувам како свеж воздух во хаотичниот град. Различни објекти се приклучуваат на неговата мрежа со сопствените SKYWALKS. ЈАВНИОТ ПРОСТОР околу skytrain има различни нивоа на јавност и приватност, функции, носејќи ги луѓето кон внатрешниот простор на објектите. Некои од патеките им влијаат на сопствениците на трговските центри да ги реновираат фасадите и ентериерот за да можат да го продолжат сонот којшто започнува кога ќе се качите во возот. 

Skytrain има специфични јавни простори, со различни карактери коишто некогаш создаваат врски некогаш создаваат граници. 

Деновиве skytrain ме потсетува на движењето и патеките во Градскиот Трговски центар во Скопје. 

Инцијативата за Градскиот трговски центар во Скопје ( дело на архитектот Живко Поповски ) сеуште е актуелна. Асоцијацијата на архитекти, невладини организации, индивидуалци и групи на граѓани во Скопје повторно се гласни за задржување на автентичноста на објектот. Во Скопје skytrain се патиштата кои поминуваат околу наоколу во центарот со коли и автомобили, skywalks невидливо влегуваат во објектот резбајќи во неговата внатрешност. Како градско живеалиште е, интегрирајќи ги влезовите, движењето, излезите, во просторот на толку итар начин, да се почувствуваш како да си надвор кога всушност си внатре. Овој објект прегрнува различни нијанси на  јавен простор. Јавен простор којшто не прави диференцијација и рзалика помеѓу луѓе со различни години, религии ,професии, националности  и интереси. Тој е чувството на движење и градот на сите, социјалното припаѓање во просторот. Во него ги чувствувам  автентичните  јавен простор- SKYWALKS. 

Ја изразувам мојата подршка за зачувување на АВТЕНТИЧНОСТА на Градскиот трговски центар во Скопје.