TOTO (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in collaboration with the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage organizes an Idea Competition in order to improve the public transit node in the area around the Victory Monument which in this case using the Ratchawithi Island Node as the Project Site, by inviting Shigeru Ban, a renowned Japanese architect as the deciding judge. As everyone knows that Japan is stand out for the country’s orderliness. Japan is a country that highly values the public responsibility and is received admiration for its tidy and excellent management for the public facilities and the proper manners of Japanese people for public places. Anyone could benefit from learning, absorbing, and adopting the Japanese ways.
The chaos and problems of using public places in Thailand still exist almost everywhere in the country. Victory Monument Area is well-known as one of the largest and the most important “Transit Node” in Bangkok, but this place is not well-organized and is quite a chaotic place which cannot function well enough as a public transit node due to the lack of good management. This competition invites and challenges anyone who is interested to design a quality public transit node as a place with quality public facilities to be a convenient, effective, well-managed, and safe place for everyone and which also could help reorganize, encourage, and control the proper manners of our public places’ users by any physical design in order to create a sustainable environment and a livable society.