by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

“Preserve Bangkok’s Root"
Why? And How?

Round Table Talk on “Preserve Bangkok’s Root Why? And How?”
Saturday, 3rd May 2014 at 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At Impact Challenger 12, Muang Thong Thani
(This seminar will be conducted in Thai.)

Organized by the Association of Siamese Architects, the Department of City Planning, BMA, Cultural Heritage Protection Network, and Community Network (Woerng Nakorn Kasem, Charoenchai, Luenrit, Talad Noi, Wang Derm )

The general perception of Bangkok and its two centuries of existence has been its building of glorious temples and palaces with splendid piercing spires, its success as a leading commercial hub of the region, and its being one of the most important diplomatic and political players in Asia. Thailand is one of the world's top destinations for visitors, and its capital rightly earns its 'amazing' label with its uniqueness of the old and the new.

With the City's rapid development, with its building boom and transportation system development however, this is having a detrimental effect on its urban cultural heritage. The real Bangkok with its diverse communities and historic areas are being ignored in the pursuit of progress, possibly leading to the lost of its cultural link to the past, undeniably a defining factor of the City's soul.

Realizing the urgency and importance of the issue, a group of people from the various communities, cultural and academic institutions and local government agencies, are coming together in the attempt to work out measures and guidelines for a more reasonable development allowing for an agenda for the preservation of Bangkok's urban cultural heritage as well.

A round table discussion is therefore being organized to give opportunity to those involved in the work to come together and share their views and present their projects, and also to exchange opinions with the public at large, on Saturday May 3rd, between 4.30-7.00 pm, at the Architects '57 Fair, Impact Challenger Building Room 12, Muang Thong Thani. Members of the public are invited.



4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration      

5:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Discussion on Bangkok Cultural Heritage & Recent urban planning

1. Dr. Kriengpol Padhanarath,
Director of The Department of City Planning – BMA
2. Mrs. Oranuch Im-Arrom,
Executive Conservation Administrator, The Crown Property Bureau
3. Dr.  Weeraphan Shinawatra,
Dean of School of Architecture and Design – King Mongkut’s University
of Technology Thonburi

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

Presentation on Cultural Heritage Conservation:
Projects and Implementation of Measures.

Facilitator: Mrs. Pongkwan Lassus,
Vice President of Association of Siamese Architects

1. Assoc. Prof. Chuvit Suchaxaya,
Instructor – Arsom Silp Institute of the Art
2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Yongtanit Pimonsathean,
Instructor, Faculty of Architecture and Planning - Thammasat University
3. Asst. Prof. Dr. Niramon Kulsrisombat,
Instructor, Department of Urban    and Regional Planning,
Faculty of Architecture – Chulalongkorn University  
4. Dr. Vasu Poshyanandana, 
Architect of the Office of Architecture, The Fine Arts Department

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Communities as the Cultural Bearers

Facilitator: Ms. Sudara Sujachaya,
Lek – Prapai Viriyapant Foundation

1. Mr. Surain Thapanangkun,
Representative of Luenrit community
2. Mr. Visit Techakasem,
Representative of Woerng Nakornkasem community
3. Ms. Sirinee Urunanone,
Representative of Charoen Chai Conservation and  Rehabilitation group
4. Mr. Rangsri Ruamyoo,
Representative of Culture Council – Bangkok Yai District

7:30 p.m.         


Moderator: Mr. Chatvichai Promadhattavedi,
Vice President of The Working Committee for Conservation and Development of Krung Rattanakosin Adjacent Area – BMA   

This seminar will be conducted in Thai.
Please contact Ms. Kanitha Tiebjariyawat for reservation at kwungam.k@gmail.com.
For more information, please call 02-354-1279

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