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Green Spaces to Combat Climate Change
Chulalongkorn Centenary Park, in Bangkok, was designed with the goal of collecting water from heavy rains and preventing floods
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According to a Greenpeace study, the city of Bangkok sinks roughly two centimeters every year. This fact is even more alarming when we recall that the city is only one and a half meters above sea level. Just over five years ago, in 2011, Thailand experienced its worst flooding in 50 years, which caused serious damage. Can anything be done to reverse the situation? Chulalongkorn Park seems to prove that it can. Located on a university campus in the center of Bangkok, and designed by the architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, a native of the city, this green area is a sample of what landscape architecture can do in urban areas, both ecologically and socially.
The park covers an area of twelve acres (4.8 hectares) and its most interesting element is a huge underground reservoir, which collects the water that is not absorbed by plant life. In periods of drought it can also be used for irrigation. During heavy monsoons, the tank, together with a pond, can store up to 3.78 million liters of water. Once the danger of flooding has passed, water can be released into the sewers.
The park helps to reduce the urban heat island effect in a city with a lot of asphalt and limited green spaces.