Remembering Khana Ratsadon: erasing historical memory and the power dynamic of architecture
Submitted on Mon, 2019-02-18 11:55PrachataiOn 27 January 2019, a panel discussion was held at Wat Phra Sri Maha Dhatu, Bang Khen. The panellists were Asst Prof Dr Saran Samantarat from the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, and Kanit Viseshasinha, a student at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. The discussion was moderated by Dr Sarunya Kaewprasert. Constitution Defence Monument Thai architecture after the 1932 Revolution and modernity in Thailand Sarunya noted that the architectural style of the People’s Party (Khana Ratsadon) is very minimalist, favouring simple straight lines and curves over traditional elaborate patterns. This style can be seen in the buildings on Ratchadamnoen Road, most of which were designed by Jitsen Apaiwong. The Constitution Defence Monument at Lak Si, on the other hand, was not designed by Jitsen, but also has the same style. Saran started his discussion by explaining that he is interested in reading landscapes, which is to understand the ideology behind design concepts. Saran said that reading landscape is related to three things: people, place, and the interaction between people and place, which can be understood as a fight for meaning. Saran said that the architectural form of the Constitution Defence Monument may have been derived from that of the crematorium built at Sanam Luang for the 17 government soldiers who died during the Boworadet Rebellion of 1933. Saran said that this crematorium marked the first time a commoner’s funeral was held at Sanam Luang, a space often reserved for royal ceremonies. Because of this, Saran thinks that the architectural form itself is the result of a power struggle between the two parties involved. He said that Assoc Prof Dr Chatri Prakitnonthakan also noted that the form of the Constitution Defence Monument was derived from the pillar at the centre of the crematorium, at the top of which is a pedestal bearing... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Remembering Khana Ratsadon: erasing historical memory and the power dynamic of architecture, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: Prachatai - Monday, 18 February
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