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Successful urban design: the case of Bangkok

Konisranukul, Wanarat; (2006) Successful urban design: the case of Bangkok. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Although the issues concerning urban design have attracted much attention in the last decade, and the context of urban design is better understood, several critiques of the manner in which contemporary urban design is practised and researched remain persistent. Responding to this issue and the continuity of urban problems, the search for an alternative urban design should be continued. The basic research goal of this thesis was to alleviate the problems of urban design intervention and practice. It aimed to do this by searching for an urban design process that leads to the successful improvement of the urban environment, whilst respecting the needs of people through an urban design project. The thesis objectives examine the urban design process and assess the urban design product as a result of urban intervention. In this way, the relationship between the urban design process and product is revealed. It then formulates an explanatory synthesis of the main factors that have influenced the success of the urban design project. The main research findings show that there is a strong relationship between the urban design process and users' satisfaction with the urban design product. Specifically, it can be concluded that the degree of shared objectives between the residents and local authorities is the main factor in achieving a successful urban design project. In this sense, the results support the thesis hypothesis 'The success of urban design projects depends upon the degree of shared objectives between the users (residents) and producers (local authorities)'. At project level, it seems that the physical and environmental problems provide the central motivation for urban design intervention in the city. In terms of design content, the results show that the improvement of physical function and visual perception are always mentioned as the main project's objectives. In contrast, compared with other substantive urban design aspects, the social aspect is likely to be less considered. Finally, the research findings imply that, in some way, the political and economic contexts of the city influence the urban design intervention.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Successful urban design: the case of Bangkok
Identifier: PQ ETD:592210
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1444900
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