Mapping Workshops: Amman, Jordan + Bangkok, Thailand

Christoph Lueder & Alexandru Malaescu of the School of Architecture + Landscape, Kingston University have recently taken part in mapping workshops in Amman, Jordan and Bangkok, Thailand 


Field work Jabal Alnadeef, Amman, Jordan


Jabal el-Hussein camp is one of four camps established in Jordan after 1948 to accommodate refugees who left Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.  The camp was set up in 1952 for 8,000 refugees on an area of 0.42 square kilometres, northwest of Amman.  The refugees replaced the original tents with more durable shelters and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provided roofing. The camp has since grown into an urban-like quarter and has become part of Amman.  As with other camps in Jordan, Jabal el-Hussein camp faces severe overcrowding. There is no space for further building.  Source:

This workshop aimed at intensively & extensively mapping the critical dimensions of the built environment and it’s effect on the socio-cultural layers.


Field work Jabal Alnadeef, Amman, Jordan



The workshop was facilitated by Arini, a non-profit private study and research institution that facilitates, promotes and provides workshops in the fields of architecture, urbanism, art and design.  The workshop brought together designers from around Jordan and local and international academicians and professionals, for creative collaboration. These workshops bring forward live projects that are reflected in Jordan’s urban and economic life and create a platform for local and international designers and creative professionals from various disciplines to exchange experiences with other creative people and innovators from Amman. Each project is show-cased and published with the ambition of stimulating the creative economy and data and maps from this workshop’s participants are being compiled to create a “Mapping Jabal Al Natheef’ publication.

 Mapping Extensive and Intensive Space: Ban Krua, Bangkok

The community of Ban Krua on the banks of the Saen Saeb canal near Bangkok’s National Stadium defies singular explanation or graphic notation.  Established by Cambodian silk weavers after their migration in the 18th century they were rewarded with land concessions for supporting Thais in their defence against hostile Khmers and Burmese.  When the authorities proposed an expressway to cut through the district the community’s skills in opposing the plans and arguing for its right to remain were evident.  The proposal was defeated though innovative tactics of resistance and also powerful community relationships with Thai bureaucracy, army and politicians. Those dual traits, innovation in the use of space and sophistication in building social relationships on multiple scales are apparent in the built fabric of Ban Krua.


Landscape Interface Studio members Christoph Lueder and Alexandru Malaescu concluded their seminar “Mapping Extensive and Intensive Space: Ban Krua, Bangkok” at Chulalongkorn University with a public review.  Invited critics were Professor Scott Drake, William Patera, Carl Fredrik Valdemar Hellberg, INDA Chulalongkorn University, and Dr. Nicholas Hellman, SEACUS Bangkok (pictured). The seminar was led in collaboration with Tachapol Tanaboonchai and Suthata Jiranuntarat.

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Seminar participants (pictured) were Chayothorn Songtirapunya, Ayuthai Kongtreekaew, Pathawee Khunkitti, Chakkraphob Sermphasit, Patrattakorn Wannasawang, Patarapol Taechachokevivat, Chittranuch Napawan, Soravit Boonchit, Winida Mahachaiwanit, Nantawat Siritip, Napat Neampinij, Thida Jira.

Christoph Bangkok

Mapping Extensive and Intensive Space in Ban Krua – Final Review at Chulalongkorn


Victoria Marshall, Taylor Lowe, Christoph Lueder / Alex Malaescu public presentations, Bangkok



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