The Could of the Urban Temple   
Temple as a space for public uses     

Team:                  Varis Niwatsakul     
 Yanisa Chumpolphaisal     
 Tachapol Tanaboonchai     
Verasu Saetae     
The association of Siamese architects     

Manifesto :
Is temple a place for public gathering?

Due to modern privatization of land property, more and more space become privatized. Density as a major problem of metropolis. 

Can temple contribute to help solve this situation as temple once used to be an epicenter of the community's public space. 

Can it serves the original purpose of as a magnet of attracting people both spiritually and socially and Can it be truly driven by the pubic.

Architecture is often pre-maturely perceived at face value as needing a physical entity with a fixated coordinate in space and time, often occupying relatively large areas of our cities’ urban fabric. Until you know it, one building to the next becomes a block, a neighborhood, a district and eventually an entire fabric of our cities, leaving little space for public activities – forcing many civic endeavors to morph into interiorized commercial areas that are now on steroid – the shopping malls.

In order to solve the pressing issue of much needed public space in urban density, we need to re-think the notion of what architecture is and how it should perform - a quest for a typological paradigm shift.

Our challenge is not to “add” another conventional public space in an already dense urban fabric but rather to “re-engineer” the already existing ubiquitous infrastructures that have been an integral part of our cities valuable space – that is the temples. Our design position becomes – How might we re-engineer the temple typology and bring back the nostalgia feelings of once prosperous figure of public space, the “heart” of the community – to perform a subtle architectural surgery in order to bring back, make more relevant and forging the path forward for what is the role of temple as a public space in the 21st century.

The design has three core strategies. First, the temple’s walls must be re-considered as a demarcation rather than a physical boundary, a node that marks the sacred and the profane rather than a barrier to keep people out. Second, turning the passive space inside the temple’s walls into an active field, allowing multiple scenarios of public activities and gathering – religious and non-religious alike. And third, re-direct the flow by pronouncing a clear linkage between tightly dense public spaces.