HOW POROUS CITY WORK
Porous City Network partners with vulnerable communities to raise awareness of climate challenges and create site-specific design solutions. Design guidelines, education, and capacity building ensure increased urban resilience, ability to adapt, and community preparedness for future uncertainty.
To start our process, we identify vulnerable sites in Bangkok threatened by the effects of climate change, like water management issues and urban heat island. We partner with communities to begin a permeable public space project. PCN commits to a co-creating design dialogue, where we host neighborhood meetings to identify project program (like a playground, urban farm, or covered market space) that works best for the surrounding community. We use our expertise as landscape architects and environmental designers to ensure that climate challenges are addressed in the design, through permeable surface and use of native plants. PCN designs and oversees construction of the projects, partnered with the community to ensure a transparent process.
During the design and construction process, and after a project is implemented, PCN leads workshops to teach maintenance of the new public space - like hands-on lessons about urban farming - to ensure that it is used and loved. We also raise awareness of climate change and urban resilience.
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BANGKOK IN THE PAST
FROM GREEN CITY TO GREY CITY
Bangkok’s geographic location and rapid urban development have made the city highly at-risk regarding climate change. Fifty years ago, the area that is now Bangkok was largely agricultural land which absorbed seasonal fooding and monsoon rain; today, this has been paved over by unchecked development. This extensive impervious surface has degraded urban ecology and increased stormwater pollution, urban heat island, and ooding (including catastrophic fooding in 2011).
Now, Bangkok is the fast grow hard-paved city on wetland. The city is at sea level, congested with trafic and constant under- construction projects. The construction waste, solid waste and dump keepincrease to many areas in Bangkok, but there are less
of control and management of all kind of wastes.
PROBLEM TO SOLUTION
The city is prone with water stresses and
intense ooding. These problems are getting
worse each year. The eects of sea level rise
overlaid with land subsidence, may mean up
to 25 mm per year of net sea level rise in some
areas, such as the larger Bangkok metropolitan
area or the river mouths in the gulf of
Porous City Network aims to insert porousityinto urban fabric. Productive greenspaceprojects will help city manage the waterissues and much needed of green publicspace. The design of landscape will help toreduce the temperature in the city and thefunction will help to manage the surface03