2005 Bangkok, Formes du commerce et évolution urbaine
By Davisi Boontharm
Éditions Recherche/Ipraus, Paris, 384 p. ISBN : 978-2-86222-052-9
Bangkok's perspective on trade and commerce opens up another way of looking at its identity and understanding its specificities and qualities. It is in fact an introduction to the urbanity of Bangkok that the work of Davisi Boontharm invites us, while delivering essential keys to the understanding of the complex configurations of an Asian metropolis in the age of globalization.
In addition to highlighting the ability of commerce to "make the city", through two major properties: producing and qualifying urban forms on the one hand, enriching them on the other hand with a specific urbanity, It is also necessary to recognize the contribution of this work from the point of view of architectural knowledge itself, in particular the light brought to historical temporalities and the dynamics of urban development by the successive extensions of commercial forms.
2008 Harajuku Urban Stage-Set Q&A
Printed in Japan by Ichii Chobu and flick Studio with Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, March 2008, Tokyo, 64 p.
Harajuku is arguably one of the most exciting and vibrant fashion precincts of Tokyo. Through a series of questions and Answers, Harajuku Urban Stage-Set captures urban character of the precinct and the complexity of that unique place. Besides introducing Harajuku, the book also presents an approach towards understanding of urban complexity which combines the rigousous analysis with intuition, brings together conclusive statement and number of open-ended speculations. The book invites its reader to further explore Harajuku to ask new questions and answers to the enigma of Harajuku.
2013 TOKYO | BANGKOK | SINGAPORE Intensities, reuse and creative milieu
MnM Measuring the Non-Measurable 02,
Tokyo: Flick Studio and IKI, pp. 136, ISBN-13: 978-4-904894-05-7
This book is an outcome of my particular interest in city-related culturally sustainable urban regeneration. It is based on overlapping of four themes; reuse, creativity, consumption and place. Those themes frame my research in the fields of architecture and urbanism, particularly in Asian cities.
This book opens up the discussion of creativity in relation to reuse and place making. Here, creativity is not a big word which stirs a hot debate worldwide. The concept of “creative milieu”, as proposed by Landry, fits best the view at the phenomena that I am interested in. My focus is at urban creativity of a modest kind, a creativity which expresses itself as an attitude to life, a drive, a particular quality. As such, it is non-institutional, abstract and decidedly non-measurable. The cases presented here are places of consumption, marked by various encounters between public and private realms, spaces and interests. With its special emphasis on reuse of ordinary building stock, this book advocates bottom-up initiatives and asks for reconsideration of latent qualities of ordinary architecture, which is often forgotten or described as banal.