FutureTales Lab Reveals 4 Future Scenarios for BANGKOK
2 November 2020, Bangkok – Bangkok’s location leaves it liable to floods that affect more and more of us each rainy season and raise questions about its future. Will the city stay above water and how else might it change?
Dr. Karndee Leopairote, Chief Advisor to FutureTales Lab by MQDC, said: “FutureTales Lab by MQDC has researched urban living trends and Bangkok’s development. We have examined the city's vulnerability to rapid climate change and the potential impacts. To see how a city like Bangkok could adjust we have explored 4 scenarios:
1. Green Metropolis: Bangkok can be developed into a green city if there is serious legislative action and change in urban lifestyles that turns skyscrapers into well-designed green buildings. Efficient energy use and environmental conservation can help create and setting that supports physical and mental health in the metropolis.
2. River City: When the water level rises in a city and the ground inevitably sinks, its residents must learn to adapt. Innovation is needed to live on the surface of the water and develop a city that needs less land. Sustainable development of homes that coexist with water, such as floating markets, can create a network that meets the needs of people.
3. Indoor City: Living conditions could collapse if rising global temperatures and air pollution make it hard to stay outdoors. The city could adjust to toxic outdoor conditions with covered walkways between buildings. The situation could bring extreme inequality in areas like access to clean air, which should be a fundamental right of all living beings, not just humans.
4. Disaster-Resilient City: The best outcome for the city is urban development that incorporates disaster response. Green areas can be developed to store water in the rainy season. Water catchments areas can store water for use by the city or nearby communities. Public spaces can be created that cater for leisure while providing a rescue point and space for people in a disaster.
“We believe that our lifestyles and behaviors today, along with government strategy, will affect the future in terms of living, technology, transportation, and healthcare, showing that we need to prepare in various dimensions and act appropriately and efficiently to live sustainably in a society that changes in the future," said Dr. Karndee.
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