10 KM, Bangkok, Thailand
Shma Company Limited

The urge to go outside and enjoy outdoor activities in a metropolis seem quite common today, as well as in Bangkok. A lot of urban people start to jog more and many Marathon events happen like never before. This movement, likewise, urge designer to foresee an urban-scape which could accommodate these healthy activities, that might as well improve overall urban livelihoods. Hence, we see potentials in a large public park located at the North of Bangkok to be a starting point of the project, and continue toward the South to the inner city where the endpoint meets Chaophraya River. 
 
This 10 KM. length project, which forms an almost straight line through the city, has available resources to shift itself into a platform that can knitted people with healthier lives, unique urban cultures, and most importantly, sustainable economic development. Along this passage, Highway and multiple abandoned vast spaces disconnect the urban fabric, splitting city into two corridors. 
 
The 10 KM. project proposes an idea of re-appropriate spaces under highway, skywalk bridge, footpaths, and canal side to re-attached the urban through green ecology. The passage surrounded by diverse land used however each section shows significant characteristics of the neighborhood. The zoning systematic was derived from first-hand experience of the designers who take multiple running trips along the routes. From the start to finish point, the site posts numerous problems and challenges. Major problems occurs around footpaths which include; Routes tend to benefit motor vehicles much more than walking or bicycling; Under developed green area along the walkway and bike path causes over exposed to sunlight; Many of them also too narrow and obtain gnarled surface with obstacles; as well as the discontinuity of the path to mass-transit. 
 
Alongside with that, Bangkok Street, often hovered by large elevated toll-way and skytrain structures, become an overshadowed uncomfortable street and often lack of utilization of area. Skywalk that bridges people to major destinations can be cramped and insufficient accesses at some locations. Along the profound peripheral canals, run through many parts of Bangkok, also lost natural ecology by concrete structures. We believe the overall issues lead to deteriorates patch of land that divide city into disconnected fractions and cause a dangerous environment on public streets. 
 
For this reason,  the designer propose a strategy to develop urban environment by introducing a 10 KM green corridor that restore Bangkok's long lost connections. First is to relink mass-transit systems of Cars-Rail-Boat while introduce alternative route such as bike path and walkway to reduce cramped in transportations. Second, Human to nature relationship where green corridor will reach each public park to create a complete green network for the city. 
 
And lastly, the sense of Community where recreational areas were added to create communal activities through sports, playgrounds, and creative spaces. By this interconnecting, we hope to activate the pulse of local economic growth, improve living quality and set off agenda for the community center based development.  

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