The Architecture of Performance / The Performance of Architecture

4th-Year Architectural Design Studio at the International
Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Studio Professor - Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Architectural Marker - Project Manifesto by Smith Wararatchai

For a developing city, time is a valuable factor in the process of development. Therefore, it is important for an ‘architectural marker’ to exist as a milestone to commemorate the rapid growth of the city. Owing to the fact that throughout the history, architecture is the biggest, most significant, man-made object that plays an important role in fabricating the physical appearance of the city along with its geographical features. To make a successful ‘architectural marker’, it is relevant that a harmonious relationship exists between the sense of community, economic growth of the city, and the cultural and artistic values behind it.

In many developing cities, symbolic architectures were constructed in relation to the municipal buildings as to display the prosperity and the development of the city. Shenzhen, one of the world's fastest developing city, contains many examples of symbolic architecture such as the Grand Theatre which was built to witness the reform of the country and the Shenzhen Concert Hall which was built as a milestone during the relocation of the main municipal building of Shenzhen. However, these symbolic architectures are not considered as architectural markers since they lacked the sense of community within the architecture itself.

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