Udon Thani, Thailand
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MASTER PLAN / 2017

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Udon Thani is a city in northeast Thailand covering an area of 47 km2, and the tenth largest urban agglomeration in Thailand with a population of 160,000 people. As a provincial capital, it is projected to grow more than 20% by 2030 according to UN statistics, becoming an important logistic hub, and economic and strategic gateway to Indochina.

 

Seasonal monsoon storms cause flooding that has increasingly negative economic and social impacts, the severity of which is compounded by faster rates of urbanization.

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CATCHMENT AREAS

RECURRENT FLOODINIG

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EXISTING GREY INFRASTRUCTURE

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PROPOSED GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

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ON-SITE WORKSHOP ALONG PROPOSED CANAL RESTORATION WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS

The main goal of the Green Infrastructure Master Plan for Udon Thani is to develop an effective, science-based design that will lead to the implementation of new infrastructure that mitigates flood and drought risk while providing enhanced community and public spaces within the municipality. 

Green infrastructure leverages the natural functions for a systems approach that provides a highly adaptable framework for flood and drought resilience. Such a scheme can create and promote better environmental understanding and awareness within the larger population of Udon Thani. 

Project development is led and managed by UCRISP with assistance from estudioOCA. It includes a multidisciplinary team that integrates the principles of landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and water resource engineering.

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INTERVENTION METHODOLOGY:

A, CANAL RESTORATION; B, GREEN STREETS; C, RETENTION PARKS; D, WETLANDS

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TOP: EXISTING DRY CONDITION; MIDDLE: PROPOSED DRY CONDITION; BOTTOM: PROPOSED FLOOD CONDITION

Equally important is the attention placed on capacity building workshops that facilitate broader conversations between community members, municipality representatives and other stakeholders, ideally fostering a grassroots, integrated basis for determining which strategies must be systematically tested, and eventually implemented.

 

Combined, these tactics aim to provide a comprehensive approach that serves as part of a tool kit to building urban resilience for the city.

The project is currently under development.  This project was made possible thanks to a research grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.

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TOP: EXISTING DRY CONDITION; MIDDLE: PROPOSED DRY CONDITION; BOTTOM: PROPOSED FLOOD CONDITION

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PO SI ROAD GREEN STREET:

1 PERVIOUS PAVEMENT

2 BIOSWALE

3 CURB CUTS

4 DRAINAGE