The Dynamism of Old Wooden Houses within the Chiang Mai City Wall


Cultural sustainability is one of the key factors for sustainable development apart from economic growth, environmental stewardship, and social inclusion. It is also associated with protecting, preserving and conserving tangible and intangible heritage. Architectural conservation, giving a sense of identity, spiritual and symbolic as well as functional and economic values, plays an important part for a cultural continuum leading to cultural sustainability. Dwelling is about a ‘place’ for people, it is ‘both a process and artifact: it is the experience of living at a specific location and it is the physical expression of doing so’. They are generally adapt or develop over times as needs and circumstances change. The dwelling is more than the structure transcending over the physical frame of their habitation. However, looking into how manifestations and adaptations of their dwellings will help to promote understanding people of any culture that is prime to cultural sustainability. During the past decades Chiang Mai, the second city of Thailand, has confronted an astonishingly rapid growth bringing many problems to local citizens, including the decrease of old wooden houses within the city wall. Within the above mentioned approach, this paper will investigate how 191 old wooden houses, surveyed during 1985, within Chiang Mai City Wall habituate to changes through times. It gives the over all picture of those houses through numbers, locations and other details. Moreover, the detailed adaptations of first five cases are described. It ends with inside observations and suggestions.

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Pranom Tansukanun, Maejo University, Thailand

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Conference: ACSEE2015
Stream: Cultural Sustainability: Protecting

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