DESIS Lab: Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect
Coordinator: Mr.Yingyong Poonnopatham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Operational manager: Miss Nuttiya Prapasitsilp, email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org, (+66) 2490 4748
Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts
397 Rama 2 Soi 33 Bangkhuntien, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
(+66) 2490 4748
Background and objectives
Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect, the professional architecture studio established to support “work-based learning” for school of architecture of Arsomsilp Institute of the Arts, a non- profit institution of higher education established as a learning community committed to “transformative learning,” or developing architect through education using the holistic concept of joining together in a worthwhile way to effect societal change, always holding fast to these four architectural principles:
- Focus on the value architecture has for being truly beneficial to humanity and the environment.
- Stress design that grows from participation of all parties concerned.
- Use uncomplicated, straightforward architecture, at one with nature.
- Utilize local tradition and Thai knowledge and wisdom in design
Architecture for change : the true value of architecture
Arsomsilp believes that the value and meaning of architectural work lies in its utility for life, producing benefits for the user, the project lead, the community, and ultimately for society and the natural environment.
Think together, do together: Architectural design through a process of participatory learning
Since creating design solutions for challenging and complexed problems, in a participatory design process, the architect must bring about processes “think together, do together” through discussions, exchanges of ideas, community organizing, design workshops, youth activities, etc. It is a process of shared learning which develops relationships and bondings between architects, stakeholders, and the entire community emerge as change agents, an active citizen leading civil society into a robust future.
Contemporary vernacular Thai architecture : Architecture of economy and simplicity, at one with nature.
Natural construction materials and traditional local knowledge of Thai architecture appropriate for the climate and geography are put to use in contemporary design.
Primary research areas and activities
The major design tool of Asomsilp of Community and Environmental Architects and Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts is people participatory process. The evidence of how the participatory design process could create positive changes not only to physical built-environment but also social interaction and livelihood are the work of the Institute: Architectural Design Projects, Community Development Projects, Urban development Projects, and also Community & Architectural Conservation Projects.
List of projects and research
Thonburi Creative Canal : For the sustainable future of canal and waterfront communities in Thonburi
Fund: Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect and National Innovation Agency
Description: Thonburi Creative Canal Platform is to revive the canals by implementing the holistic way of development to sustain the values in every aspect: resilience & sustainability, equity & reconciliation and creative economy
New Food Community Food Resilience Policy Design and Post Pandemic in Thailand Collaborative Food network
Fund: Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Description: To operationalize the vision of New Food Community our work is organized by means of nodes. There are four setting-based nodes or prototypes. At the project level this translates into local food distribution systems; at ministerial or national level green procurement policies; and at the cultural level this emerges as sense making. Integration is envisioned for New Food Community
- Mr. Theeraphon Niyom, National Artist of Thailand for Visual Art and Applied Art (Architecture), Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arsomsilp Community and Environment Architect
- Mr. Prayong Posriprasert, Director of faculty of architecture, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts Associate Professor Chuvit Sucha-Xaya, Vice-President of Social Services, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts
- Mrs. Isariya Poonnopatham, Studio director of community, Arsomsilp Community and Environment Architect
- Mr. Yingyong Poonnopatham, Lecturer, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts
- Mr. Thana Uthaipattrakoon, Lecturer, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts
- Mr. Weerawat Warayon, Lecturer, Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts