Project 2.3: "Fostering Bangkok's Gastronomic Identity: Public Housing for Street Vendors", by Jane Chongsuwat

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As stated in the previous phases: the home fosters the soul of its inhabitants. Thus, the public housing in Bangkok should exist to improve the living standards of the working faction by understanding their significance in society, corresponding to the needs of their profession, and aiming to produce, as Henri Lefebvre wrote in his book The Production of Space, “spaces full of meaning, spaces that escape mortality: enduring, radiant, yet also inhabited by a specific local temporality”. 
Evidently, the culture of street food vending reinforces a distinctive identity of Bangkok that should be embraced, cherished, and sustained. A collection of these living units for street vendors will generate more than a collective habitat, but a self-sustained community with hybrid spaces that function domestically and commercially, perhaps forming food markets within their homes.  

In the design of the collective habitat, not only the residential functions were considered, but also in improving the sales of the street vendors. The ground floor serves as the market area that will feed the community around the site, forming an outdoor food center.



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