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Bangkok’s Urban Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Sustainability

  • Sidh Sintusingha
Part of the Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 10)


This chapter investigates Bangkok’s urban evolution from its inception as a “water-based” city shaped by and in harmony with natural processes, to its current domination by environmentally insensitive global forms and practices. Also investigated are the official visions, plans, and measures to counter the negative impacts of uncontrolled market-driven urbanization, characteristic of Bangkok’s expansion over the past 4 decades. Based on these investigations, the chapter proposes reorganization on the scale of “superblocks” – the units of expansion of suburban Bangkok – as a practical pathway towards sustainability.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningThe University of MelbourneAustralia

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