The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


'Bangkok. On Transformation and Urbanisation' book launched

6 October 2016

Bangkok book launch 2

DPU is pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of the "Cities, Design and Transformation” book series entitled "Bangkok. On Transformation and Urbanism”. 

The book presents projects and reflections undertaken by staff and students from the Master’s programme Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) between 2010 - 2015. The work largely stems from the action–research fieldwork in Bangkok in partnership with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) and in collaboration with Urban Development Planning (UDP) master's programme.

The book is both an archive and a manifesto that revolves around the key notions of Urbanism and Transformation. It allows one to navigate Bangkok's socio-spatial context, juxtaposing the analytical representation of "what is" with the speculative proposals of "what could be".

While not claiming to be an all-conclusive account of Bangkok's reality, this book highlights the continuous process of making and re-making the city, where urban design, as an expanded field of enquiry, plays a crucial role.