Sustainable Dialogues I: Bangkok
A Public Symposium on Tsunamis, Hurricanes, New Orleans, and the Architecture of Urban Sustainability

Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) Auditorium, Bangkok

Thursday, June 21 + Thursday, June 21, 2007


Following the catastrophic impact of the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, an incredible outpouring of international response from architects and environmentalist has resulted in a wide-range of alternative sustainable deign strategies. This event will bring together innovative Southeast Asian and American architects and experts on sustainability, design, and planning to discuss their current work and its relevance for the planning processes currently underway in New Orleans and similar low-lying flood plain areas. What role should sustainable architecture and urban design play in the on-going process of recovery?

Given the range of catastrophic events, the symposium will also consider the larger context of environmental changes in ecological patterns, ranging from tsunamis to hurricanes. What impact do these processes have on the reorganization of the natural and man-made landscapes and the role the design community can play in initiating changes? The importance of collective thought and action, drawn from various regions of the globe, mark the emergence of new strategies for imagining the reconstruction of the contemporary city as an alternative and sustainable form of urbanism.

All events are free and open to the public.
For further information, contact Bangkok CODE at tel. (02) 673 9434-35 or
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Panel 1: "Learning from Tsunamis and Hurricanes"
Perspectives on common experiences between Southeast Asia and New Orleans communities; lessons learned by the devastation of tsunamis and hurricanes

12.00-12.30 hrs: Registration
12.30-13.00 hrs: Greetings and remarks by
      - Michael Paripol Tangtrongchit, Dean of School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of         Technology Thonburi
      - Laura Cansicio, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Bangkok
13:00-13:30 hrs: Introduction
13:30-14:00 hrs: Richard Campanella, Assistant Director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research,         Tulane University, New Orleans
14:00-14:30 hrs: Budi A. Sukada, President of Indonesian Institute of Architects
14:30-15:00 hrs: Jayantha Perera, President of Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
15:00-16:00 hrs: Discussion moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nihal Perera, Associate Professor of Urban          Planning at Ball State University

16:00-16:45 hrs: Coffee break

Panel 2: "Sustainable Landscapes/Sustainable Architecture"
Examines the large-scale implications of infrastructure and landscape and its relationship to neighborhoods and individual buildings

16:45-17:00 hrs: Introduction
17:00-17:30 hrs: Prof. Dr. Johannes Widodo, Department of Architecture, the National University of Singapore
17:30-18:00 hrs: Michelle Jellison, Architect, Bozeman, Montana
18:00-18:30 hrs: Mark Anderson, Partner, Anderson Anderson Architecture
18:30-19:30 hrs: Discussion moderated by Graeme Bristol, School of Architecture and Design, King         Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Panel 3: "Re-grounding Communities"

Focuses on alternative ways in which communities are re-established in the short-term and long-term process of reconstruction. When considered by the design community, such processes could become part of a critical "ecological" process for sustaining long-term goals of re-establishing communities.

13:00-13:30 hrs: Introduction
13:30-14:00 hrs: Drew Lang, Principal, Lang Architecture
14:00-14:30 hrs: Peter Anderson, Partner, Anderson and Anderson Architecture
14:30-15:00 hrs: Pattama Roonrakwit, Managing Director, Community Architects for Shelter and
        Environment Company Limited (CASE)
15:00-16:00 hrs: Discussion moderated by Assoc. Prof. Wallace Chang, Department of Architecture,
        Chinese University of Hong Kong

16:00-16:45 hrs: Coffee break

Panel 4: "Planning Alternatives and Sustainable Changes"
If traditional planning has often been limited by large-scale, fixed and ideal plans, how does the current practice of sustainable planning challenge such ideals in attempting to implement sustainable changes?

16:45-17:00 hrs: Introduction
17:00-17:30 hrs: Assoc. Prof. Nobuaki Furuya, Department of Architecture, Waseda University
17:30-18:00 hrs: Matthew Berman, Principal, workshop/apd, Visiting Assistance Professor of Architecture at          the Pratt Institute
18:00-18:30 hrs: Tim Kobe, Principal, Eight Inc.
18:30-19:30 hrs: Discussion moderated by Kamonsin Chathurattaphol, School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Closing remarks by Anthony Fontenot, Princeton University

19:30-20:30 hrs: Closing Reception

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