From Commodification to Cooperation: Architecture of trading and Form of Social Solidarity Network in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tanapol Kositsurungkakul: 

The thesis investigates mechanisms of how the food trading system of Bangkok has evolved since the period of Colonialism, and how it influences the production of architectural and urban space. European imperialist forces saw it as one of their extended territories, which Lefebvre described as a ‘space of accumulation’ by the European Empire. In resistance to the capitalist economy, the cooperative system which emerged in the twentieth century empowered farmers and allowed them to compete within the capitalist market structure

The thesis focuses on the market hall building that plays a socio-economic role in organising trading activities in the urban space. The analysis of case studies of Thailand’s market halls regulated by the municipality shows the patterns of normalisation that render processes of trading into generic standards removed from the concerns of the everyday activities of the traders. The research recognise specific activities of the market vendors and becomes instrumental to challenge current assumptions.
The project proposed by this dissertation is a system of welfare infrastructure, including food, care, health and education services, provided by the cooperative solidarity networks that operate within the territories of the city. This agglomeration of programs reconnects previously segregated activities and brings them into new adjacency and synchronicity, aiming to enhance both collective identities and relations among different groups of people.

Project diagram, organisation, management, aims and objectives.

Project axonometric drawing.

Project views: the market and the open air areas.

Read the whole dissertation here.

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