Global Aerotropolis Versus Local Aqua-community: Conflicting Landscapes In The Extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand
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205 - 216
S. Nasongkhla & S. Sintusingha
Samutprakan province, located in the alluvial flood plain that once formed part of the pre-existing mangrove forests of the lower Chao Phraya River, has been affected by rapid urbanization from Bangkok since the 1980s, which has had significant impacts upon the hydrological system. Today, Samutprakan could be further transformed by the discourse of global city branding through the initiative of the Suvarnabhumi Aerotropolis. We conducted a time-series analysis of aerial photographs of the Bang Pli and Bang Pla districts of Samutprakan province to investigate how the landscape has been changed over time and the results indicate that the intensified industrial and higher density residential developments exacerbated the deteriorating ecological conditions of the waterway. Despite the proposal of an environmentally friendlier alternative of aquatic modern living, the strong tendency is that traditional aquatic cultural livelihoods and urban agriculture are being displaced and gentrified by the new town development. Keywords: environmental sustainability, landscape change, local livelihoods, city branding, urban expansion.
environmental sustainability, landscape change, local livelihoods, city branding, urban expansion