• Jessica Geheran

    Why is spreading adobe building in Thailand a good idea?  It seems to directly contradict the concept of celebrating and promoting local culture.  Just because a style of building is considered sustainable in arid environments, doesn’t ensure that it will be environmentally sound or culturally appropriate in tropical countries.  Adobe is termite food and easily eroded or washed away by seasonal monsoons.  Thai people are not dummies.   Traditional Thai styles of architecture are truly ingenious and beautiful.  If you want to celebrate Thai culture and empower local artisans, why not look to more vernacular methods of building rather than imposing a completely foreign concept?  

    • somchai

      Earth is one of the most basic building materials available almost anywhere. Thai people have been using earth to construct our traditional architecture for centuries. It’s interesting to know that when ‘farang’ imagine of traditional Thai house, they think of teak boxes on stilts with authentic decorations, but forget to look at those native building ‘on the ground’. There are more things in thailand than just the tropical beach paradises. Nowadays, when teak is more expensive than gold, local carpenters are highly paid for making high-end furnitures, concrete and steel are the main code of construction. Perhaps one should try out an alternative?

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