50 Materials from Nature Exhibition of Materials Connexion Bangkok

50 Materials from Nature Exhibition of Materials Connexion Bangkok

Last month , we have set up our 2nd exhibition at TCDC, “Materials from Nature”, with our beloved clients, Materials Connexion BKK. The exhibition will be running until the beginning of April 2010 at TCDC, then will be traveling around the country to miniTCDC.

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49 all(zone) new(zone): The Headquarters

49 all(zone) new(zone): The Headquarters

At the last day of the year, it is rather common to flashback of all what have happened during the year about to be gone by. For us, it is really a transformation year of many things. However, the biggest deal of the year is this:

Our new office we just moved in last September (while there were still many construction workers working along with us in the building!) It is a very long project.. a long story to tell. But at this sentimental moment that finally within this year it is more or less ‘completed’, we are more than happy to share with all of you!

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48 New Kids on the Block: Thai Parliament House Competition

48 New Kids on the Block: Thai Parliament House Competition

Within architectural scene in Thailand now, nothing is hotter than the competition of our new Parliament House – another gigantic almost-too-long-to-be true project of about 300,000s sq.m. The competition began around mid 2009, the first submission was in last August, and the final result was announced last week. Well, we wont talk about the result yet, rather one of the 10 finalists.

The youngest team of the 10 finalists is a team of 11 of my students who just graduated less than two years. The ‘really’ NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKS. (For the first round of the competition, anybody who has an architectural license in Thailand is eligible to enter. However, for the last round of the 5 finalists, each team has to find a big enough firm to work with to guarantee the execution of the project in case of winning.) I invited them to give a lecture in my Contemporary Asian Architecture class last month, before the result was announced. Although they did not make it to the 5 finalists after the presentation & interview, I believe their scheme is one of the best among the 10 – you can say that my opinion is a bit bias because they are my students.. but well, it just cant help! ^_^

Let me give the names of all of them to honour and thank them for coming to give the lecture for me: Kawin Horayangkul กวิน หรยางกูร / Korkiate Kittisoponpong ก่อเกียรติ กิตติโสภณพงศ์ / Kalyawat Lertpeerakorn กัลยวัจน์ เลิศพีรากร / Kirin Tanglertpanya กิรินทร์ ตั้งเลิศปัญญา / Kanin Mantanachart คณิน มัณฑนะชาติ / Piya Limpiti ปิยา ลิ้มปิติ / Pongsan Suwanmaneechot พงษสันต์ สุวรรณมณีโชติ / Worawut Euerareemit วรวุฒิ เอื้ออารีมิตร / Wipawee Kuersirikul วิภาวี เกื้อศิริกุล / Sorakij Kijcharoenroj สรกิจ กิจเจริญโรจน์ / Sasichonwalee Sawadisawanee ศศิชลวลี สวัสดิสวนีย์

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47 Selinunte, Sicily: the Greeks were so cool!

47 Selinunte, Sicily: the Greeks were so cool!

Since last week until yesterday, I was participating in a design workshop/competition in Selinunte, a small archeological site town in Sicily, the biggest and south-most island of Italy. The town is a small summer resort town with the Greek ruins. There is a long page of Selinunte in Wikipedia HERE.

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46 all(zone) goes wallpaper

46 all(zone) goes wallpaper

We just received the latest September issue of Wallpaper* Thailand which featured our little work in ARCHITECTURE HOTSHEET column –> we are very honored, flattered and so so hot.

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45 ISH in Frankfurt : go ‘Green’ without being so green

45 ISH in Frankfurt : go ‘Green’ without being so green

We have disappeared for a few months due to our extreme condition of in-between moving to a new office which has been always on delay for many months. Actually we have many things to update on the blog, but just did not have time.

Today we come back with a long-been-postponed-to-be-featured project, an exhibition design (again) in Frankfurt.

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44 Green Packaging @ TCDC

44 Green Packaging @ TCDC

Here we go: our latest work at TCDC, “Green Packaging” or “บรรจุภัณฑ์รักโลก” by Material Connexion Bangkok, during 21 April – 24 May, 2009. This small exhibition has rather complex process of production, however, finally we did it! Thanks to all the people involved indeed.

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43 The Red and the Rest: Bangkok Urban Space & Politics

43 The Red and the Rest: Bangkok Urban Space & Politics

Although middle of April is the hottest of the hot Bangkok, it is not as hot as our political turmoil now……

After the day of ASEAN Summit in Pattaya was completely destroyed, what else would be left for us as a citizen of the country? Either your prefer the red shirts or the yellow ones, even you don’t prefer any of them, it is the day all Thai people have LOST so much almost beyond repair. Everyone is Lost. Without any internal political conflicts, every country is already in a deep trouble with the worst-than-ever global recession. Instead of trying to get through the recession with little damage as possible, our politicians keep adding more obstacles……is this really what you called ‘democracy’?

(image from www.nationmultimedia.com)

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42 It is raining in a metal box..

42 It is raining in a metal box..

We began the new year 2009 post with our old project. It is a project waiting in line to be posted already for some months. Just the other stories are more related to the ‘now’. However, finally we are very happy to be able to post this one on our blog since we like it very much (as usual).

For the last year Tokyo Designer’s Week (during October every year), there was a very small competition to design an exhibition in a container, which was a venue for everyone in a park. The winnners were awarded a free space and a very little budget to realize the exhibition there during Tokyo Designer’s Week. Plus a wide range of publicity was guranteed.

We did not aim to win the competition, (and we did not win) but the design condition was challenging for our brains……. Imagine if we won and had to go there to set up everything with very little money… must have been a little hellish…:O (I lived in Tokyo for three and a half years, perhaps I knew too much to be optimistic).

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41 Pim’s Guesthouse & Ceramic Studio

41 Pim’s Guesthouse & Ceramic Studio

Pim is a good friend of mine. She is a designer, mostly working with clay that then becomes ceramic. We ran fun design workshops together in the past few years sucn as “the place and the plate” and “consumption R us”. Pim also teaches at the same school as I do, in Industrial Design Department.

Around mid 2007, Pim asked me if I wanted to help her to transform an almost abandoned 50-year old wooden house of her husband’s family into a guesthouse and a gathering space for her friend from the church. Although I was sure that it would not be an easy job, because of Pim and the fun of working with her always, I said yes right away. The result was very satisfied and the experience of working with her through almost 18 months was very nice and fun.

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