Student Work

  • Architectural Design (BFA)

    Larisa Karamchakova

    The Mae Kuang River Remediation Park

    The Mae Kuang River's weirs and canals constitute a vernacular architecture constructed by local villagers to irrigate rice fields. I am proposing a Mae Kuang River Remediation Park as an agitated vernacular that adds to the productive agricultural landscape as well as leisure and recreation. The Mae Kuang River has suffered from the construction of the Mae Kuang Dam, the expansion of housing and new road systems, and chemical pollution. In the proposed park, water undergoes biofiltration, phytofiltration, and soil filtration. Purified water benefits gardeners, farmers, fishermen, and people for whom the river is the only available source of water. Canals provide a sustainable source of energy through the placement of micro-hydropower turbines. The park holds water during monsoon seasons and helps reduce flooding in the area. Park paths create an educational and culinary connection between two districts that are currently divided by the river. Visitors can walk or bike across the park, take boat rides, swim in clean water, and take hot air balloon rides. An eco-farm uses the river water to grow fruits and vegetables and sells, cooks, and serves them at the site. This park is a model of a sustainable vernacular at the headwaters of the Chao Phraya river basin that can be replicated across Thailand, contributing to the quality of water and health of people across the country. See more on issuu.