Thammasat and Harvard’s Design School to re-think about Lower Choa Phraya Delta and Smart City
Thammasat University signed a memorandum of understanding with Nava Nakorn Plc., RATCH Group Plc. and ALT Telecom Plc. on 8 January, 2020 for a joint study on transforming Thammasat’s Rangsit campus, the Nava Nakorn Industrial Zone and surrounding areas together into the Thammasat-Nava Nakorn Smart City. The study is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
In the ceremony, the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, referred to as Thammasat Design School (TDS), signed a letter of intent with the Harvard University‘s Graduate School of Design (GSD). This collaboration aims to establish a relationship between GSD and TDS through discussions on establishing a project-based studio course. They would focus on challenges of advancing alternative futures for resilient change in the Greater Bangkok area and Pathum Thani, addressing issues including smart development, climate change adaptation and emerging civic public space and infrastructure.
Rector of Thammasat University Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart revealed that Thammasat University aimed to be a university for people and sustainability. “In the past, we have collaborated with private sectors and world-class universities to create changes in Thai society. We also integrate the knowledge of social science. Therefore, signing this MOU will conform to the university’s vision.
We intend to build Thailand Smart City. Our plan will be successful only if we have support from the government. Therefore, Thammasat will collaborate with the government and meet the ministries for more discussion in details”, Assoc. Prof. Gasinee said.