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CU Centenary Park

The city center is about to look a little greener. 

Chula 100 Project

Chulalongkorn University opens a new public park this month as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, marking the start of big changes for the Samyan neighborhood.

Oraya Sutabutr and Chanadda Damngern

In March, a group of protesters marched to Chatuchak District Office to show their anger at the cutting down of trees at Bon Marche Market. At the same time, TV presenter Chorpaka Viriyanond called on Bangkokians to band together to save urban trees. Since then, the Big Trees activist group has joined with some 65 organizations to form the Thailand Urban Tree Network (goo.gl/3UZH9s). BK chats with two of their team, Chanadda Damngern, 23, of Urban Tree Care (goo.gl/Kbsj8L), and Oraya Sutabutr, 47, of Big Trees, on how everyone can help make Bangkok greener.

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After a 24-year-long dispute between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Mahakan Fort Community, this Apr 30 the BMA finally hands down its judgement on whether this two-century-old community must relocate in order to make way for a new public park.
From a huge new park by the Crown Property Bureau opening in August to small-scale independent initiatives, there are new green spaces dotted all over the city. Here are the people behind them.
Shma Design is one of the most popular landscaping firms in Bangkok, having been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival for three years in a row. They’re also involved in some of the most exciting public projects in the city: Makkasan Park, Yannawa Riverfront and the new TCDC headquarters on Charoenkrung Road. Here, the firm’s co-founder and director, Yossapon Boonsom, 38, tells us why we need better-designed public spaces.

Currently on show at the BACC, the Friends of Makkasan collaborative project proposes Bangkok’s most exciting green space development—and wants your vote.