Project Coordinator : Alicia Lazzaroni
Student : Tikumporn Panichakan
Embracing the topic proposed by the 2018 Asa Forum, Vernacular architecture is considered as a complex reality emerging at the interaction of many aspects essential to a specific society, like climate, social structure, living patterns, local economies and skills, availability of resources, local beliefs, tastes, and symbology, among many others.
Paul Oliver, in his extensive encyclopedia of vernacular architecture, argues that, on top of material and climatic contingencies, the very core of vernacular architecture lies in being done by people and for people. “The dwellings and all other buildings of the people. Related to their environmental contexts and available resources they are customarily owned or community built, utilizing traditional technologies. All form of vernacular architecture are built to meet specific needs, accommodating the values, economic and ways of life of the cultures that produce them”.
In line with the exhibitions guidelines requested by ASA and with the reflections stated above, INDA proposes a structure built by students and for students. The bricks will be arranged in a reversible wall, proposing alternative “bonding” techniques, integrating and interlocking students’ works within the wall itself. The reflection will touch two main points of interest: time and waste (can we build fast without producing waste?) and personal identity (can a wall become a personal architectural element?).
The decision of building a wall is also strictly connected with the domestic qualities of most of Vernacular Architecture: it will ideally identify different conditions of intimacy: on the “outside”, excerpts from students works will be exposed in a more composed way, while on the inside, a more informal arrangement will be created, integrating the wall with different artifacts and memories related to INDA’s life.