Another point where we had work waiting for us was our team.
Due to many members needing to leave the project in India, we had searched for new members to join us since Nepal – this time without i A being there to lead.
They want to discuss/critique/award architecture defined on their own terms.
I try to let Thailand teach me to see architecture through new eyes… But in order to do this, it means having to lose my preconception of what Architecture (capital “A”} should be and go through a process of relearning what architecture means in Thailand.
Many people however don’t officially come as refugees, but come on the relatively easy-to-get Tourist visa to Thailand and don’t leave the country anymore, often with the hopes of going further to the US or Canada.
The likelihood for this, however, is incredibly low and many get stuck illegally in the country, often without speaking any Thai and completely vulnerable to harassment by the police and other authorities.
After more than three amazing months in India and its neighboring country Nepal, we finally departed for our last big part of the journey – South East Asia.
It is my way of constructing a local and authentic framework through which I am able to create relevant, critical and meaningful theses for my work in Bangkok.Because of prosecution by the Thai authorities, they are forced to operate unofficially and by word of mouth.Afraid to face problems, they forwarded us to the UNHCR, where we had an insightful interview which taught us a lot about the current situation in the country regarding refugees.In fact, most of the time, Western frameworks and local narratives were violently conflicting.After this realization, I began to focus on creating an authentically THAI framework through which I could view my architectural projects.
Now, with a stable place and proper internet, we had several interviews lined up with potential new members.