Bangkok and a problem of architecture

A few weeks ago, Thais gaped in awe at MahaNakhon, that new ultramodern high-rise on bustling Sathon.

Now our collective attention is being diverted to Wiman Phra-in, or Abode of Indra, a much-talked about architectural design intended as a landmark in the Chao Phraya riverside promenade project. The name suggests a feature with a pointed spiral structure that offers nothing less than paradise.

University study excluded public participation

They complained that a study team from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lat Krabang (KMITL) had conducted an improper public hearing on the project.

People from local communities and academics denounced the KMITL study team, saying that people's right to decide on the project had been violated.

They said the study team had set up a public hearing without providing essential information on the project and also claimed to have support of riverside communities, which were yet to approve the project.

KMITL to carry out river promenade study

King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) has agreed to conduct the feasibility study on City Hall's controversial promenade along the Chao Phraya River.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) Department of Public Works will propose to city chiefs that KMITL carry out the study of the so-called New Landmark of Thailand project that spans 7km along both sides of the river, department deputy chief Pinit Lertudomtana, said yesterday.