The Sustainability and Justice of the Conservation of Modern Architecture in Thailand


The study of modern architecture in Thailand highlights the period of 1932-1985 A.D. which depicted the period of cultural transition and the founding of civilization that has been shaped by significant social, economic and political changes to the nation. All this has been much reflected in Thai architectural works. In that period, numerous buildings and structures have been constructed with the objective to serve the public interest, and have been continually maintained in service since the early 20th century onward until present-day. In the last decades, the architectural heritage of the modern movement appeared more at risk than during any other period, such as the Supreme Court was demolished in the year 2014. However, the conservation of architectural works that was built more than 50 years is registered as cultural heritage, for example the historical sites in Thailand, has been carried out for an extended time now under the care of the Fine Arts Department, which is governmental department of the Ministry of Culture. Buildings in the period of Modern Movement in Thailand have been studied in conjunction with the preservation of modern architecture on a global basis. Therefore to achieve justice and sustainability, for modern architectural works of the 20th century in Thailand, these are also should be well under conservation altogether under the same department. To enhance sustainability development, regulations and laws should line with the social and economics changed as a foundation for Thailand development.

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Suphawadee Ratanamart, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Thailand
Noppawan Ratanamart, The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage, Thailand

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Conference: ACSEE2016
Stream: Cultural Sustainability: Protecting, Preserving and Conserving

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