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Final Thoughts on Bangkok: the Role of Urban Practioners, Promoting Change on Small & Large Scales

Before our final presentation in London we were each asked to state a few sentences of what we learned from the field experience in Bangkok. I learned the limitations of design. I saw that design strategies cannot stand alone, they … Continue reading

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Living Heritage & Informality: Looking at Rattanakosin Island

I have always been interested in contested spaces where tourism is being promoted.  For me, the most interesting portion of the final day of lectures at CODI surrounded the topic of living heritage.  The final group of BUDD /UDP students … Continue reading

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Informality & Bangkok: Reflecting on our first days…

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Anyone who says “New York is the city that never sleeps” has never been to Bangkok.  Buying, selling, cooking, cutting, spitting, begging, sleeping, eating — it is happening all at once, at all hours of the day and night. There … Continue reading

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In Flight Reflections LHR–>BKK

The day began reading “Learning from Slums” in the last few hours before landing in Bangkok.  The article spoke of slums as a “heterogeneous spatial ecology,” reframing ideas of the city and concepts of informality.  It reminded me to consider … Continue reading

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