Design Research Society 2012 Bangkok: Reforming traditions, reshaping boundaries

Fiona Maciver
2012, Vol. 17, No. 3,

Abstract


Arriving in Bangkok from Dublin, I did not know quite what
to expect from a city whose name in Thai language, Krung
Thep, translates directly as ‘City of Angels’. Thailand’s
renown for warmth, charm and hospitality is well known,
however in its period of transition, political reorganisation,
and recent natural disaster, the nation is being forced to
reconcile tradition and progress, East and West, classicism
and modernism. Events at the Design Research Society
conference 2012, staged at Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, fortified the city’s reputation and exposed the
country’s exciting state of flux. Over the four days from 1st
to 4th July, DRS delegates encountered a multidimensional culture – a nation which is at once freeflowing
and open to change, yet which remains grounded
in tradition and pride for its rich history.

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