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Nakornsawan Superbowl

Posted in 2012_Superbowl project, Architecture, proposal, Urban Design by pitupong on April 11, 2012

When it comes to flood…Stop blaming nature… We are the one responsible. Supermachine studio expresses our view towards different future with Superbowl Project.

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Wattikon Kosolkit, Yupadee Suthvisith, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Peechaya Mekasuvanroj, Sthapat Soichampa and Supanna Chanpensri

Imbalance
Thailand is a country at risk of water disaster both draught and flood. Considering its size, the country has a great length of rivers in its water network, specially the central delta. Together with monsoon behavior around the region, Thailand has always been worried about more than less water to use. But delirious sprawl of cities and irresponsible agriculture lands trigger huge imbalance of water flow; insufficient to use during dry season and larger scale flood during rainy season.

New tools
We have to change the way we live with WATER, but more than that, we need far larger and more efficient tools to manage it. We need network of hydraulic device big enough to manage 6,000-10,000 million cubic meter of water that spill out of the rivers every year. “Dams won’t work.. They are managed by politics.” We need new tools that are more human related. The PEOPLE’s tools. The tools that make us more responsible and enable us to live with WATER in the new way all together.

Nakornsawan
In this proposal, we use Nakornsawan as a location to implement our vision of a giant hydraulic tool in the network. The city is a typical Thailand’s city locating by 2 rivers Ping and Nan. It is usually flood every year but in 2011 the water broke the protecting levee into the city’s center. The whole town of Nakornsawan sank into one meter plus deep water. Our vision is to place the new WATER city in between the two rivers and slowly generate new way of living for Nakornsawan’s people.

Super Bowl; Half a million city

Can we build a massive hydraulic tool that is populatable as an extension of our own city or as a new city itself that all of people in the old city can move into? We propose to build a 20 km. long soil hill in closed shape in between 2 rivers in the East of the city of Nakornsawan. The 150 meter high hill will form a giant water reservoir capable of managing 1,500 million m3 (15% of Bhumipol dam) water. The massive water device will work together with other devices in the network sucking in water from the rivers during monsoon season with 3 giant pumps at 180million m3/day. It will slowly release the water out during dry season keeping the part of the water for 5.85 million m2 agriculture on the inner surface of the reservoir itself.

The outer surface of the bowl will be 40% covered with forest of diverse species. In time, people will populate and urbanize the outer surface of the hill in specific area without harming the fully grown forest. The new city will be thin but continuous one running up and down the surface of the hill allowing the residents to be close to the forest. In our vision, the city is one continuous architecture netting on the giant water device. Its structure will be standing on the soil to strengthen the reservoir as a whole. The new architecture is a vast 28.3 million m2 of mix-use programs (from house to school, cinema, market to government facilities) able to inhabit half a million people, the size of downtown Nakornsawan itself.

Super bowl is a sustainable city of its own as it has power sources from wind turbine, water, hydro-generator, bio-gas and dye-synthesized solar cell installed on all of its surface. Hydroponic planting system is also a built-in element on the whole building skin. People will plant their own consuming vegetable while traditional terrace rice planting will be allowed one crop a year inside the reservoir. In this city, agriculture still exist but in much more responsible and water-efficient way.

Less cars are allowed in the new city, parkings are distributed along the band in nodes. The residents use cars just to travel to other cities. In Project kingkong, they will use 3 lines of in ground Metros. 3 levels of public transportation connect people in the city via 3 interchange stations on each side of the peripheries. On top level, which is the water level, people will travel with boats. Public facilities like parks or sport stadiums are floating elements on water including airport.

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  1. samabazgn said, on April 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

    สุดยอดโปรเจคครับ สงสัยนิดตอนที่ฝนตกหนักน้ำที่ไหลตามสโลป superbowl ลงมาอาจจะเร็วกว่าที่จะสูบเอาไปเก็บไว้ในอ่างยักษ์ แทนที่จะช่วยระบายน้ำอาจจะทำให้พื้นที่รอบด้านเกิดปัญหาน้ำท่วมขังได้ถ้าการจัดการเรื่องระบายน้ำไม่ดีพอ อีกอันนึงคือ ต้องใช้ดินมหาศาลที่จะสร้างอ่างขนาดใหญ่แบบนี้ คิดว่าถ้าชดเชยส่วนที่ต้องขุดออกมาแล้ว หากไม่เกิดหลุมขนาดใหญ่ที่ไหนซักที่ก็ คงต้องมีส่วนที่ขุดลงไปเพื่อชดเชยส่วนที่ต้องทำเป็นภูเขา ที่นี้ก็จะมีส่วนที่มีระดับต่ำกว่าพื้นได้ทั่วไปที่สามารถใช้เป็นที่ระบายน้ำได้โดยตรงหากมีปัญหาน้ำท่วมฉับพลัน

    • pitupong said, on April 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      The answer in English NA KRUB: Our vision has been focusing on future living with our environment. In our proposal the linear city is meandering on soil slope strengthening the water reservoir while creating area for “Dense forestation.” Tree will help absorbing big portion of running water on the surface. But mainly, in this proposal, our statement is that Thailand has to quickly create more forest (not destroying them and plant more rice) and find the new way of living with our newly created ones. At the moment there are some attempts to create some forest (much lower rate than destroying) but it’s in separate area where people are living. Why not finding the different way to build the city with forest.

  2. songkarn chitsuthipakorn said, on July 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Good job, wonderful idea. I am living in Nakhonsawan. It will help us so much, if you please kindly translate in to Thai.

    • pitupong said, on July 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

      ยินดีครับ เดี๋ยวจัดการให้นะครับ


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