New Feature of Mixed-use Design on Public Area: Case Studies from Chang Phuak Road to Moon Muang Soi 7, Chiang Mai Thailand

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Chiranthanin Kitika


Mixed-use design is the design integration on urban development which provides flexibility program and manages diversity usage. By location based learning, mixed-use design feature is to converge physical design with fostering social on specific location. The aim of this article is to characterize mixed-use design on Thai urban context and summarize as the new design feature. On the area of study, researcher chooses Changpuank and Lamchang communities where both connect with Changphuak rd., Phrapokkloa rd. and Moonmuang soi 7. These areas belong to main North-south axis of the old city and have appeared diversity contemporary lifestyle on Chiang Mai public area. Besides, there have adjusted many conflicts between old communities, business-purpose activities and also local government by individual adjustments and community network. With these potentials, this research is set to reclaim the new understanding of public area design with the concept of mixed-use design. Furthermore, research finding is to analyze mixed-use design as new feature on public area in Chiang Mai. Research methodology is created by referring to spatial practice and neighborhood network concept theories. Each area usage reflects as spatial practicing which represents the relationship between government strategy and locals’ tactic. Towards situation based design, researcher has to understand on-site situations and analyzes through conditions of physical design and social relations. The study process provides with 3 sessions; (A) Case study selection is to select potential areas where appear shared space characteristic by street photograph, (B) Flexible use is on-site observation to understand organizing public area usages by interviewing and data collecting, (C) Mixed-use characteristic, this session sets to record street films to characterize mixed-use design feature on those area usages. Towards analysis session, researcher finalized architectural design feature by finalizing isometric section drawing to understand relations of physical design and social relations. These features aim to compromise conflicts and also improve functional programming on Chiang Mai public area.


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