The Collective Habitat: "From Slum to Utopia" by Atikhun Manoonchai

FROM SLUM TO UTOPIA

After my midterm project which is my choice of the inhabitant and the site I will be working on I now further made a research in the topic of the site which mainly focus on the infrastructure system.

The first step is to locate my site and find out the number of space and inhabitant.And then think of what possibility I can do to develop this place. For this project I decide to rebuild the whole slum which is quite a big scale. My project will be different from other because instead of designing 100 units I end up designing the whole community.

With that idea what I came up with is to make house which in nowadays is in a mess because they just come and build by themselves with out planning space to becomes a new place with a proper arrangement and management.
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I turned a mass of houses into a block which could contain a lot of people and in the same time create a better context and atmosphere. For this project I am not in charge of how the actual house will look like but what I design is the 'system'. I focused on how all infrastructure should be placed. The design of the place is the infrastructure and framework will be provided by the government and the community can add on it by themselves (they already have a big wood shop and steel workshop in their community). But because they need to make it themselves so what is needed is a manual book to tell how would they do things, or an examples of what can they use. Including regulation and law in the book making the whole place now become more managed than in the past.

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After getting feedback from presentation I were to keep developing my work and now they're done and becomes this final presentation of the project 'From Slum to Utopia'.
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 This drawing demonstrate the site development overtime which have roughly 10 periods. Including where do the site connect and place infrastructure; to waterworks authority, electricity authority, etc.
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Diagram of the 'block' (one big unit on the site) showing what is the block consist of. Also showing what is each space for, and what they cannot do over each area.

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After designing each block, now I need to design the whole infrastructure systems in my project. It consists of waterworks (blue), electricity (yellow), Sanitary; house waste (Green), and Sewage; waste from site (red). Including section in the diagram to make it more clear that they are placed underground except electric pole.

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People cannot design everything by themselves or else it will repeat the history. What they need is a guide or direction they need to go. We need a better management than in the past. That is the reason why this manual book by the government is needed. The book contains regulation; what they can or cannot do, Basic elements of how they can construct their house or how to make them. Also catalogue of what can they be provided by the government.

After the project is done the people in the area will have a better life quality. Because of the design aims on improving facility and system in the area which can improve people's standard of life. after the rebuilding of the area, it eliminates the previous problem and bring order into the used to be chaos. This project will remove what so called slum from Bangkok which is looked down for a long time as a bad part where people should not get near. It gives more opportunity to the community for more development.

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UTOPIA is built!

By the word utopia it does not mean everything is perfect but now with their environment is improved because of the new infrastructure and the living space they are now having more positive thinking toward living in the area and they could be more productive. However it might not completely change their living style in this generation because they lived here for many years or decades but there surely will be a lot of improvement.


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