The City That Never Stops Moving at “Bangkok Dreamscape”, River City Bangkok
From now until 17 February 2021, River City Bangkok invites you to dive into the world of dreams and emotions through the eyes of Marcelo von Schwartz, an Argentine film director, architect, and art photographer, at his Bangkok Dreamscape exhibition, showcasing his perspective as an architect towards the metropolis that never cease to transform in form of “a re-creation of a wide range of emotional inputs placed in another dimension, as if it is coming from a dream.”
The exhibition takes place at RCB Galleria 3 on the second floor of River City Bangkok. Free entry. For updates, keep yourself posted at River City Bangkok Facebook Page.
Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, as the Director of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA), presided over the meeting of BMA-CCSA, no.10/2021. Executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), BMA spokespersons, as well as representatives from BMA departments, Metropolitan Police Headquarters and Bangkok Internal Security Operations Command, district zones, and related agencies under the BMA participated in the meeting at Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha), Phra Nakhon District. Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that, according to the meeting to follow up the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic situation in Bangkok held on 14 January 2021, 14 new confirmed cases are detected. Key factor contributed to the declining number of patients is the BMA Announcement on the Order of Temporary Closure of Premises No. 14 dated December 29, 2020; No. 15 dated January 3, 2021; and No. 16 dated January 5, 2021. Previously, the number of cases had increased because many people traveled to risk areas or entertainment venues. At present, the BMA can control the outbreak situation. The BMA also conducted active case findings of more than 10,000 samples using nasopharyngeal swabs and saliva testing. From now on, the BMA will continuously speed up active case finding for COVID-19 cases as much as possible. The BMA Spokesman also mentioned the COVID-19 vaccines which will be given to Thai people that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha clearly reiterated that all Thais would be vaccinated to prevent Covid-19. The first in line will be healthcare and medical personnel according to the disease control guidelines as they are working closely with patients. Regarding side effects from the vaccines, medical professionals are working together to determine which vaccines to be used. Regarding the procuring of the vaccines, if the Royal Thai Government cannot allocate budget for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, the BMA is ready to allocate its budget for the people of Bangkok. However, presently, all countries around the world are in need of vaccines while total manufacturing capacity is limited, which means it will take some time to successfully purchase the vaccines. Ministry of Public Health as well as the BMA Health Department and Medical Services Department have discussed on how to import good and effective COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all Thai people as soon as possible. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com Photo by Ingo Joseph via Pexels.
Bangkok is now a full-fledged ageing society, as the city has become the area with the highest number of aged populations in Thailand. It is, therefore, essential for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to prepare economic and medical services, as well as care facilities to be able to provide more inclusive and effective care for elderly people, leading to the construction project of Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home. At present, the BMA has run an old age home called Ban Bang Khae II home, located in Bang Khae District. However, it can accommodate only 140 persons, while there are over 1 million elderly people living in Bangkok. Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has assigned the BMA organisations to work together in finding spots for additional old age homes to cover every corner of Bangkok. Fortunately, the BMA has gained a support from charitable persons who donated a 32-rai land located at Bueng Sakae Ngam, Khlong Sam Wa District, which is the most suitable location for the project. Hence, the Governor of Bangkok assigned the BMA Public Works Department to design the Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home Project in which, presently, the initial design has been completed. As for the conceptual idea for the design and planning of project, the project area is divided into 3 zones: the public zone comprising Public Health Center building and parking lot; the semi-public zone comprising administrative building, vocational training building, food center building, health park, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building; and the accommodation zone comprising houses, service and residential buildings for officers, and activity building. Houses in the accommodation zone has been designed and categorized into 2 types. Type A house can accommodate up to 8 people. Each house has 2 large bedrooms (4 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Type B house can accommodate up to 14 people. Each house is divided into 7 large bedrooms (2 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Both types of houses will be equipped with beds, wardrobes, tables, chairs, air conditioners, and handrails for the elderly bathrooms. The first phase of construction will focus on overall landscaping works, construction of food center building to be used temporarily as canteen, as well as administrative and vocational training buildings, construction of Type A houses, construction of dykes and moats around the project area, pool digging, road pavement toward the project area, growing trees as a project area fence; and installation of lighting and sanitary system. For the second phase, it is planned for the construction of additional Type A houses, Type B houses, activity building, service and residential buildings for officers, administrative building, vocational training building, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building, and Public Health Center building. The last phase of construction will be landscape improvement and construction of parking lot. It is expected that the first phase will be completed in 2022. Shortly after that, the BMA will accelerate the construction of the second phase. The budget for this project mainly comes from BMA and donations. The BMA believes
Lumpini Park is a large-sized public park located at the heart of Bangkok covering the area of 300 rai. It is regarded as Thailand’s first public park that has lasted since the reign of King Rama VI. Comparing to human life stages, this park is probably at the stage of senior adult who has had a lot of descendants and has been through thick and thin for many years. Many people, at a minimum of 10,000 visitors each day, has come to visit our Great-Grand Parent with different purposes. Some people come for taking a walk, doing exercises, organizing various events such as Red Cross fair, Songkran festive event, walk rally and marathon activity, and so on. Lumpini Park is not only a large and multi-purposed public park, but this extensive green space is also the place where a number of recreation centers, associations and clubs are located. It has unique shady atmosphere with big, old and long-standing trees scattering all over the park with large-scale pond and vast green areas amongst the high-rise buildings of modern urban society. In the next 5 years, the year 2025 will mark the 100th anniversary of Lumpini Park. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to implement a significant makeover to transform the park to be a colossal green area that supports urban lifestyles in the modern era. Initially, the regeneration plan is divided into three phases: the first phase is that all infrastructures and public utilities systems in the park will be renovated such as the works to improve pipelines and underground drainage system, wastewater management, lighting system, pavement and running tracks and renovate buildings in the park. For the second phase, area development will be conducted to make the park a learning space. Lastly, in the third phase, unused areas will be developed to the utmost benefits for the public. This receives positive cooperation from landscape architectures to jointly propose the development concepts and transformation designs. Nevertheless, survey of public opinions from service users and private sectors nearby will be conducted in order that all stakeholders can participate in this mission. For more updates, keep yourself posted at www.prbangkok.com