The Guardian Features 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom
October 3, 2018 — The Guardian features landscape architect and 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom in an article about her efforts to address worsening floods in Thailand. The article details Voraakhom’s anti-flood park, the 11-acre Centenary Park at Chulalongkorn University, which houses vast underground water containers that can hold a million gallons of water.
Voraakhom’s ingenious answer was the 11-acre Centenary Park at Chulalongkorn University in the centre of the city. Hidden beneath the trees and grass lies its most interesting feature: vast underground water containers that, along with a large pond, can hold a million gallons of water.
Under normal conditions, water that is not absorbed by plants flows into these receptacles, where it is stored for watering during dry periods. When severe floods hit, the containers hold water and release it into the public sewage system after flooding has subsided.
Voraakhom and her architecture firm Landprocess will open a 36-acre park with similar water retention functions at Bangkok’s Thammasat University next year.
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