- Author: Sorat Sitthidumrong
Professors: Assoc.Prof. dr Pongsak Wattanasin, Assist. Prof. Pavadee Ansusinha
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a project to establish a new railway system hub call Bangsue Grand Station that in Bangsue district, Bangkok. This will become a new commercial and business hub of Thailand. However, the site area has the operation of train’s maintenance system then the development of commercial and business hub need the sustainable infrastructure to make the better environment to support the social and economic activity and become a sustainable district.
In present day, the development area is surrounded by the biggest green area of Bangkok and many popular commercial areas, SRT plan to build a train’s maintenance center in the area that will create a maintenance rail system that cut the connection of space. In the future, the transportation hub will create a higher amount of users make the demanding of open space increase up to 60% of development area. So the design of this new commercial and business hub have to base on green area system in the concept of “Emerald Linkage” which would benefit positive effects toward human beings.
The Emerald Linkage concept will give 3 benefits for development area. First, it will use as a storm water management system that can contain the quantity of water around 369,529 sq.m. Second, the emerald linkage will create a pedestrian and cyclist way with 2 levels including skywalk and groundwalk that will connect the broken space with hanging garden to each groundwalk node. Finally, each node has a different character to create different atmosphere.
After all this development of State Railway of Thailand, it will become a green commercial and business hub that gives a benefit to upgrade the quality of urban life with a sustainable human habitat in Bangsue, Bangkok.