Bangkok Manifesto. A Talk by Duangrit Bunnag


A city needs only a few bold ideas to elevate itself to a new level of consciousness. Perhaps five such ideas may be sufficient. My purpose is to intensify the evolution of Bangkok into an inspiring city by means of “enrolment conversation”, a dialogue where willing and committed participants promote actions that bring about the desired goals and possibilities. The city is already the hub of diversity and communities. A conversation on fluency might drive Bangkok into an environment more conducive to economic activity and opportunities. In my talk tonight, I will formulate the hypothesis by illustrating the examples from my conversation with Creative District. Cities that inspire people, by promoting the economy and fostering possibilities by means of “enrollment conversation”, could be said to create communities. Though this tenet stems from architectural thinking, it has wider applications outside of architecture.

After graduating from Chulalongkorn University in 1989, Mr. Duangrit Bunnag received a Graduate Diploma in Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London in 1995.  In 1998 he established his own architectural practice (Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP), collecting numerous awards, including the Architects’ Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) Award for Architecture in 2013 and 2015 and the UK’s FX Award in 2000. Mr.  Duangrit has been invited as a speaker and critic at numerous conferences in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hangzhou, Karachi, Dhaka, Patna, Delhi, Colombo, London and Tokyo.  His work has been exhibited in Vienna, Bordeaux, New York, Copenhagen, London, Tokyo and Helsinki. His commitment to community life is manifest in the Creative District in Bangrak and Khlongsan areas, as an initiative for the new urban development of Bangkok. Mr. Duangrit now chairs the Board of Committee members for Creative District Foundation, to promote sustainable development in the city and a creative economy.

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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