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LÉVA Urban Design AS
23. September 2009
Today, slum dwellers worldwide include one out of every three city dwellers, adding up to a billion people. (UNFPA 2008).
“While the world’s urban population grew very rapidly over the 20th century (from 220 million to 2.8 billion), the next few decades will see an unprecedented scale of urban growth in the developing world. This will be particularly notable in Asia and Africa where the urban population will double between 2000 and 2030, after which developing countries will have 80 % of the world’s urban population” (UNFPA 2008). An outstanding feature of urban population growth in the 21st century is that it will be composed, to a large extent, of poor people (UN Millennium Project 2005).


The project, UPGRADING & INTEGRATION of Khlong Toei SLUM, is inspired by the challenges of the accelerated rising of slums and the consequential urban segregation of the contemporary world, related to the continuous urbanization and the growing number of megacities. We began taking interest in this problem as students at Aalborg University, Denmark. During a study tour in Bangkok in 2006, with Aalborg University, we got to see a side of the city unknown to most tourists, the underside of the growing urbanization – poverty.


Over the past several decades, Bangkok’s population has risen sharply, as a result of urbanization. Including daily commuters, Bangkok’s current total population is estimated to approximately 16 million. Bangkok surely is a city of contrasts. On the one hand it emerges as a regional centre for tourists and business visitors, extending beyond a horizon bristling with skyscrapers, elevated expressways and skytrains, blending shopping centres, pockets of greenery, and glittering temples. On the other hand the city struggles with the consequences of the city’s rapid urbanization, with a whole range of issues, such as poverty, density, urban segregation, waste management and pollution.


The project site, the Lock 1-3 community, is part of the massive Khlong Toei slum. The settlement dates back to the 1950’s when dwellers settled in the low-lying arc of land surrounding the port area and along the nearby canals as they worked on the construction of the port. The area stands out as a special case in terms of its socio-economic structure, its history of successful mobilisation against eviction, the critical role of its NGO’s. Being a long- standing slum with a well-established community organization this has enabled the slum to develop more than many other slums. However, the tenure status of residents and the security of settlements differ. (Askew 2002:152-153). Lock 1-3 is the neighbourhoods most disadvantaged, with physical and environmental conditions not adding up to the satisfactory.

On site registrations revealed a linkage between the community’s physical structure and the lifestyle of the dwellers. Based on these registrations, the project strives to maintain the existing structure and upgrade the community focusing on the dwellers’ health, safety and life quality.

Research question:
How can we as urban designers, upgrade Khlong Toei slum and promote its integration with the formal city, through physical design?


Definition Upgrading:
To enhance the inhabitants´ life quality by legalising the land, providing them access to public services and improve their functional and aesthetical physical environment.

Definition Integration:
To build a symbiotic relationship, understood and carefully nurtured between the informal and formal city, through creating new opportunities for social interaction and thereby suppressing the urban barriers between them.