11 July 2024

It’s that time of the year when we can explore the creative scene in Bangkok. Today, “Walk-A-Tif” brings you to Bangkok Design Week 2022, which has spread beyond its home in Bangrak to 5 districts this year, under the theme of “Co With Creation”.

Organised by the Creative Economy Agency, or CEA, together with state agencies, academia and international institutions, the festival presents ambitious ideas and new possibilities for Bangkok, now and in the future.

Montinee Yongvikul, Director of Creative City Development, Creative Economy Agency, revealed that “We have to live with COVID-19, so this year we invited designers to brainstorm ideas of how to live with the pandemic and that’s why our theme is “Co With Creation”. The contents of this event show how to live and run a business while having to deal with COVID-19 and what the issues that we have to be concerned about are.”

The event is divided into 5 categories; “Co with Space”, designs that explore the public space and social distancing, “Co with Mental Health”, designs that help soothe the pain caused by COVID-19, “Co with Eco”, are designs that slow down the deterioration of the environment, “Co with Culture”, features designs that capture the culture and present it in a refreshing light, and “Co with Future”, are designs that work with modern technology for the future.

Phra Nakhon is one of the districts that held the exhibition under the name of “Ruam-Mitr-Muang” or Urban Ally Festival. The festival, by Urban Ally, tells the story of the old town in a contemporary context, especially the food and culture in Bang Lamphu, the diverse settlement community which has changed since the Rattanakosin period over two hundred years.

One of the highlights in Bang Lamphu is “New World x Old Town part 2”, an exhibition by the Faculty of Architecture at Silpakorn University, together with HUI Team Design and independent designers. They created installation art, to tell the stories of this old district in the abandoned New World Building.

At night, the dazzling projection mapping show is held at historic places in Bangkok, including the Bumrung Nukulkij Printing House, the first printing house in Thailand which was built during the reign of King Rama 5, and the Praisaneeyakarn building, Bangkok’s first post office building. Each show tells the story and depicts the historical significance of each place.

Besides Charoenkrung and Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok Design Week this year is also being held across Samyan, Thong Lo-Ekkamai, Ari-Pradipat from 5th to 13th February.