The Urban Forest Project is located on the eastern edge of Bangkok in the suburb of Prawet, about 6 kilometers from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. An ecological regeneration project is designed as an outdoor exhibition space to foster environmental awareness and teach visitors about local forest ecology. The project is located in an abandoned area with the aim of recycling 2 hectares of land to address suburban expansion trends, urban heat island effects and floodplain development issues, and planting local lowland tropical species.
A preliminary analysis of the abandoned area revealed signs of soil excavation and digging for illegal dumping. In early 2012, the National Petroleum Administration’s Forest Recycling Agency commissioned a landscape architect to design a reforestation space. Under the initiative of the President of the Thai Petroleum Authority and the commemoration of the protection of the royal family MahaChakriSirindhorn, they want to build an ecological forest that reflects the landscape of Thailand before, for public education and recreation. In the mid-19th century, saplings were chosen as the initial vegetation because they established areas around Bangkok, when many areas were named after the most prominent species in the area.
Construction began in May 2013, introducing approximately 37,000 cubic meters of earthwork and layering with 6000 cubic meters of planted soil to create artificial berms to provide suitable planting media and topography for new urban forests. In addition, these berms create a variety of small ecology in this relatively small space.
Project name: The Metro-forest
Project type:Ecology park