LANCHALOEMPHRAKIAT DESIGN COMPETITION
Agriculture has long been the mainstay of the Thai economy, with abundant natural resources, and the majority of the Thai population engage in agricultural practices. Starting from 1985 , the country has experienced rapid economic growth and became a newly industrialized country. Therefore agriculture has been experiencing a transition from labor intensive and transitional methods into a more industrialized and competitive sector. A large percentage of people move from rural to the big city, Bangkok. An experience about agriculture have been forgotten for city people.
The lanchaleomphakiat project is about creating a plaza and public area located at the center of the old town. The area is very diverse in term of culture, people, and landuse. We chose to use Step Rice field for the green area of the project to represent agriculture and to remind city people about their originate. The rice field will change during the reason from just a step of water to green field and to golden look when it ready for harvesting. Moreover, the project site is next to the royal field where The Royal Ploughing Ceremony take place before the start of the rainy season every year. The idea is to use rice from the ceremony to grow at the project site, then harvest, and finally distribute to people.