The conservation urgency of the valuable architecture on the Lamphun old town’s main streets
Keywords:conservation of architecture, identity, old town, Lamphun
The valuable architectures on Lamphun old town’s main streets clearly illustrate the identity of Lamphun’s old town. This research objectives are to evaluate the values, importance, and the conditions of these architectures along the main streets which are the north-south and the east-west axes of city: Charoenrat Road, Inthayongyot Road, Chai Mongkol Road, Mukda Road, Pratu Li Road, and Wat Phrayuen Road. This is to prioritize them according to the urgency of conservation. The survey, interview and expert assessment conducting during May-December 2019, are made through 123 valuable architectures: Khum Jao (royal family houses), governmental offices, private residences, commercial buildings and commercial residential buildings. The rating scale of five scores: (5) most (4) good (3) moderate (2) low (1) least is used for each criterion, except the physical condition that is divided into three categories of best, average, and bad conditions. Subsequently, all architectures are divided into 4 groups according to their architectural values and physical conditions: (1) the most valuable architecture that are in dilapidated condition (immediately stage) (2) the valuable architecture that are in dilapidated condition (urgent stage) (3) the most valuable architecture that are in good condition (moderate stage) and (4) the valuable architecture that are in good condition (long term). The findings of this study can help the decision making for architectural conservation and urban townscape improvements for local authorities, local people, and the building owners to encourage Lamphun sustainable architectural conservation.
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