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.

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.

A project for the people?

From the very beginning, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) 14-billion-baht riverside promenade project, which was endorsed by the National Council for Peace and Order, has been surrounded by controversies.

Critics, civic groups, town planning experts and local people have maintained their concerns over the social and environmental impact of the promenade which features walkways and bike facilities spanning 7km on both sides of the river from Rama VII Bridge to Pinklao Bridge.