Bangkok River City
"Finding the new conversation with Chaopraya River"

Chaopraya River is Thailand’s major river, which plays an important role in shaping our culture and our city for many generations. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is situated on Chaopraya river bank .The city has evolved from water based city to solid overtime. The relationship between the river and Thai people slowly diminished after the flood catastrophe in 2014. Over the last few years, public and private agencies have started to focus on developing and revitalizing the area along the river. This one day river excursion led by Mr. Yossapon Boonsom co-founder of Friends of the River (FOR), will be a great opportunity for the participant to experience the changing of the Chaopraya River through the changing landscape along the Chaopraya River, with insight discussion with expertise and local community. It will demonstrate the wide ranges of the landscape context from the remaining river ecosystem in Bangkrachao area, community that try to adapt themselves for the new development while safeguarding their cultural value and way of life in Kadeecheen and the community. Changing of Chaopraya River challenge shall be a call for the river citizen and landscape architects to relook rethink and reflect of how shall people live with the river from now on in this challenging time.

Lecturer: Mr. Yossapon Boonsom

Yossapon Boonsom is a Thai landscape architect and the director of Shma Company Limited. He received a degree in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and continued his studies at a postgraduate level in Master of Arts in Urban Management & Architectural Design at the University of Wales (Domus Academy, Milan). After completing his studies, he worked as a Landscape Architect for Cicada Pte Ltd. in Singapore and Battle I Roigh Arquitectes in Barcelona. Returning to Thailand in 2007, he established Shma Company Limited along with two partners, Mr. Namchai Saensupha and Mr. Prapan Napawongdee. Alongside professional practice, he is also a frequent visitor critic and lecturer for the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University and Kasetsart University. Shma Company Limited is a Landscape Architectural design and research practice with a scope of work ranging from residential to urban design with projects not only in Thailand but also expanding to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and India. At a larger scale of the public space, Yossapon Boonsom is the co-founder of Friends of the River (FOR) which is established as a non-profit organization, aiming to be a creative force which stimulates social awareness and participation to creatively develop Chaophraya River with the principle that encourage sustainable relation between city, community and the river through public participation process.