Ayutthaya Amphibious Landscape

This excursion begins with a shift in emphasis from the current “solid” perceptual state of landscape urbanism, towards a more systemic approach to urban design based on the dynamic liquid perceptual states of waterscape urbanism. This shift in perception also represents a shift in thinking about urban design in the age of rapid urbanization and climate change. Instead of the design of cities thought of as permanent, static, solid, land based environments, liquid perception is based on change, adaptation and the continuous reproduction of locality as an embedded and evolving cultural practice.The aim of the excursion is to explore vernacular amphibious culture, the concept of Living with water, flood resilient systems and communities, challenges to implementation and visions for the future.

Lecturer: Dr. Danai Thaitakoo
A lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Danai Thaitakoo is a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He received a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn, a Master's in Landscape Architecture from Harvard and a PhD in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interest is in the field of landscape ecology. He is currently working on a research project focusing on landscape and urban ecology concerning landscape changes, hydro-ecology and integrated water systems and human ecosystem in terms of resilience and adaptability of landscape and humans. He is also working on a research project in urban ecology with emphasis on urban patterns and urban-rural interactions and changes, the dynamics of urban-agricultural fringe, and sustainability.