THAMMASAT URBAN ROOFTOP FARM | LANDPROCESS

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Architects: LANDPROCESS

Location: Tambon Khlong Nung, Thailand

Photo credits: Photo credit: Dsignsomething / Jinnawat Borihankijanan / Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS / Dsignsomething

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Amidst the climate crisis, food and water scarcity pose tremendous threats to human civilization. Once abundant agrarian societies, Bangkok and cities across Southeast Asia, have fallen victim to unregulated urbanization. To prioritize global food security, and the health of our people and the environment, cities must utilize neglected spaces to efficiently and sustainably produce food.

The landscape architect implemented a holistic approach inspired by local ingenuity. TURF addresses underlying ecological issues and social equity through food production, energy, waste management, water management, and the local economy to create a sustainable vision for our future cities. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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As lush green turns to dry brown, TURF is a realistic solution, putting modern dwellers back in tune with Thai agricultural practices. It embeds our future leaders with the lessons in building sustainable cities for the next generations. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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Small pockets dispersed along the zig-zag staircases provide intimate social spaces, as well as access to the crop plantations. Every possibility of angles and corners create social spaces that align with the roof ’s curvature. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS / Dsignsomething

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The landscape architect implemented a holistic approach inspired by local ingenuity. TURF addresses underlying ecological issues and social equity through food production, energy, waste management, water management, and the local economy to create a sustainable vision for our future cities. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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Repurposing 236,806 sq. ft. of wasted rooftop space, Thammasat University introduces an adaptive climate solution with Asia’s largest organic rooftop farm—Thammasat University Rooftop Farm (TURF). Integrating landscape architecture with the ingenuity of traditional rice terraces, TURF incorporates sustainable food production, renewable energy, organic waste, water management and public space. The mound shape architecture pays respect to the university’s former director, Dr Puey Ungphakorn. “Puey" means "mound under the tree," or “nourishment,” in Thai. With an earthwork of rice terraces and modern green roof technology, the cascading rooftop absorbs, filters and slows down runoff 20 times more efficiently than conventional concrete rooftops.

The cascading rooftop can slow down runoff up to 20 times more efficiently than a conventional concrete rooftop. At the end of its journey, four retention ponds await, capable of holding up to 3,095,570 gallons of water once combined. Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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Located at the main axis of the campus, the H-shape architecture symbolizes university’s long-standing representation of egalitarianism and democracy. Divided into four equally-accessible sections, each chamber represents a core element of democracy—people, liberty, equality, and fraternity. Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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As rainwater zigzags down the slopes, each level of TURF harvests runoff from the previous cell, forming unique clusters of micro-watersheds along the terrace to help absorb, filter and purify rainwater while growing food for the campus. Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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The cascading rooftop can slow down runoff up to 20 times more efficiently than a conventional concrete rooftop. At the end of its journey, four retention ponds await, capable of holding up to 3,095,570 gallons of water once combined. Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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As rainwater zigzags down the slopes, TURF grows food to feed the campus. At the end of its journey, four retention ponds await on each wing, mitigating and storing excessive rainfall for future use during drought. Carving into the mountainous architecture, TURF maximizes the terrain to create multi-functional public spaces, and a large amphitheatre with a 360-degree panoramic view of Bangkok. The roof is equipped with solar panels, capable of producing up to 500,000 watts per hour to irrigate the urban farm and power the building beneath it.

Repurposing 236,806 sq. ft. of wasted rooftop space, TURF commits to addressing adaptive solutions to the climate crisis through food security, solar roof for renewable energy, on-site water management, urban biodiversity, and air pollution reduction in one integrative design. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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Amidst the climate crisis, food and water scarcity pose tremendous threats to human civilization. The landscape architect helped Thammasat University envision and implement a climate solution with Asia’s largest organic rooftop farm—Thammasat University Rooftop Farm (TURF). Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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Carried on through several generations of farmers who learned from the land and water they lived with—TURF encapsulates the history of Thai agriculture, landscape and native soil, embedded as lessons to adapt to and embrace for climate challenges. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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Repurposing 236,806 sq. ft. of wasted rooftop space, TURF commits to addressing adaptive solutions to the climate crisis through food security, solar roof for renewable energy, on-site water management, urban biodiversity, and air pollution reduction in one integrative design. Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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As lush green turns to dry brown, TURF is a realistic, but hopeful solution, putting urban dwellers back in tune with agricultural practices. Lessons on Thai agriculture, landscape and native soil are embedded into TURF, educating future leaders to adapt and embrace climate challenges, by building sustainable cities for generations to come.

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