Delta cities are the engine of our global economy. But increasingly delta cities face all kinds of water related challenges. Think of water shortages caused by changing weather, the problem of too much water caused by flooding and storms and the problem of polluted drinking water. Living with water instead of fighting it, is really about a cultural change. Thinking likewise, water is not a threat but an asset.
In January 2016, a group of private citizens from the northern Thai city of Lampang created a task force for the preservation of the historical Kad Kong Ta neighborhood, which is located in the old town center beside the Wang river. They invited a group of friends and informal “advisors” to help them produce an action plan for the neighborhood.
While the restoration of the Temple of Wisdom was honored in 2012 with an UNESCO Asian-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the management and reuse of the building also received a lot of criticism, in particular the “TRB” (Temple Restaurant Beijing) section, which includes a new restaurant, gallery and an hotel. It has caused a heated debate on how to restore historical buildings and how to combine it with new reutilization.
AI Weiwei, Chim↑Pom, HAM Yang Ah, HAYAKAWA Yumiko, HUNG Keung,
KATO Tsubasa, MAN Phoebe, MIYANAGA Akira, Okin Collective, WU Mali
Curator: Minna Valjakka
Lunch Lecture byIIAS fellow Dr Surajit Sarkar.