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Lecture on Informal Architecture in South East Asian Cities by Paco Garcia (Closed Event)

26 April, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Urban centers in developing countries are generally covered by an amalgamation of informal structures and building extensions.

What are the legal implications of such structures? What standards should architects and planners adopt in regard to issues such as fire safety, heritage preservation and aesthetic value? Do their design priorities respond to subsistence needs or are they driven by cultural factors or dictated by specific standards? Does informal architecture signal the failure of commercial developers to deliver context-responsive habitats?      

These questions will be the focus of a presentation on 26 April at 5 PM organized by the Bangkok Social Research Network. The speaker, Paco Garcia, has researched for the past two and a half years the emergence of informal architecture in a number of cities in South East Asia with the aim of building a regional-wide understanding of the forces behind these construction practices.

Bio speaker:

Paco Garcia Moro was born in Spain and is an US accredited architect. He was awarded the David Del Val Foundation Grant in 2008, the EMECW scholarship by the European Commission in 2010 and the Design Trust Hong Kong Seed Grant in 2018. Paco has been a lecturer at the universities of Chulalongkorn and Thammasat in Bangkok, where he has been living for the past 5 years. His is now pursuing his doctoral degree at the Technical University of Valencia.

This event is only open to the members of the Bangkok Social Research Club and space is limited to a maximum of 15 persons. A commitment fee is required to secure participation and must be made prior to the event. Please note that all arrangements are made directly by the Club so please call or text (via whatsapp) (+66)980092951 for information and transfer detail.

Bangkok building detail, Courtesy of Paco Moro


The Bangkok Social Research Club is an informal group in Bangkok organized for individuals (“Social Explorers”) interested in working together to explore pressing social issues and generate ideas for enabling change through group collaboration, idea sharing and research-based activities.


26 April, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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