Smart City Thailand: Visioning and Design to Enhance Sustainability, Resiliency, and Community Wellbeing

K.N. Irvine, Asan Suwanarit, Fa Likitswat, Hansa Srilertchaipanij, Massimo Ingegno, Peeradorn Kaewlai, Pranisa Boonkam, Nij Tontisirin, Alisa Sahavacharin, Jitiporn Wongwatcharapaiboon, Shusak Janpathompong
2022 Urban Science  
A "Smart City" framework was used to investigate and develop visions of alternative futures for a peri-urban superblock north of Bangkok, Thailand. The Smart City framework considers seven smart pillars: environment, economy, energy, mobility, people, living, and governance, with a focus on community wellbeing that is supported by information and communication technology (ICT). A mixed-method approach that included: community and industry surveys, both online and face-to-face (total n = 770);
more » ... depth, semi-structured, stakeholder interviews; passive participant observation; and photo-documentation was used to inform and organize the project visions and designs. Several themes emerged from the community surveys and key stakeholder interviews: (i) connected green space is highly valued and effectively links multiple smart pillars, enhancing community wellbeing and resiliency to flooding; (ii) superblock mobility, connectivity, and sustainable development could be achieved through a seamless, integrated public-transit system following the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD); (iii) the superblock should prepare for the implementation of Thailand 4.0 through the improved programmatic and physical integration of local industry, community, and universities, including plans for a Digital Village and co-work space. Example designs that address these considerations and vision alternative futures for the superblock are presented in this Smart City case study.
doi:10.3390/urbansci6010007 fatcat:l6axh5rf3nenpcxwdkfj3l2s3a