Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm


Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm


Tambon Khlong Nung, Thailand, Thailand, 2020-08-19 –

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.

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.

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.

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.

About LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS is a Bangkok-based landscape architecture and urban design firm founded in 2011 by landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

At LANDPROCESS, situation in the city at sea level, landprocessors are helping to shift cities to a carbon neutral future and confronting the future climate uncertainty.

LANDPROCESS defends and expands carbon-sequestering landscapes such as green roof, water-efficient design, urban farming, urban forests, wetlands, and grasslands, helping to drawdown atmospheric carbon dioxide and use of sustainable materials and construction practices. All of these efforts also enable communities to better adapt and improve their resilience.

LANDPROCESS believes in power of process: finding the harmony between land and people through design. They are committed to productive public use in our projects. The dialogue of site, environment and people inform their process. They respect local culture, history, and existing sense of place.

For more information


  1. www.landprocess.co.th

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Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - <p class="">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.</p> - Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - Inspired by the ingenuity of traditional agricultural practices on mountainous terrains across Southeast Asia, TURF integrated the earthwork of rice terraces with modern green roof technology. Diverse cascading plantations mitigate flood risks while growing food to feed the community. - Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

Inspired by the ingenuity of traditional agricultural practices on mountainous terrains across Southeast Asia, TURF integrated the earthwork of rice terraces with modern green roof technology. Diverse cascading plantations mitigate flood risks while growing food to feed the community.
Photo credit:
LANDPROCESS


Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - TURF rewards those who climb to the top with a 360-degree panoramic view of the university centered in the urban farm with open sky. A large amphitheater provides an accessible and flexible recreational and educational space for all visitors. - Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

TURF rewards those who climb to the top with a 360-degree panoramic view of the university centered in the urban farm with open sky. A large amphitheater provides an accessible and flexible recreational and educational space for all visitors.
Photo credit:
Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - At the entrance, a terraced amphitheater welcomes everyone, designed with universal outdoor access to the second-floor auditorium. The life-size sculptures of the University’s two founders bring back their presence and the principles of the institution’s democracy and sustainability. - Photo credit: Dsignsomething / Jinnawat Borihankijanan

At the entrance, a terraced amphitheater welcomes everyone, designed with universal outdoor access to the second-floor auditorium. The life-size sculptures of the University’s two founders bring back their presence and the principles of the institution’s democracy and sustainability.
Photo credit:
Dsignsomething / Jinnawat Borihankijanan

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - Thammasat University Rooftop Farm provides a platform to learn and share across various disciplines. Through year-round workshops on sustainable agriculture, it leaves newfound knowledge for 40,000 campus residents and the surrounding community to use at home. - Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

Thammasat University Rooftop Farm provides a platform to learn and share across various disciplines. Through year-round workshops on sustainable agriculture, it leaves newfound knowledge for 40,000 campus residents and the surrounding community to use at home.
Photo credit:
Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - TURF grows more than 40 edible species, including rice, indigenous vegetables and herbs, and fruit trees. Ranging from water-tolerant to drought-resistant, each suits the unique microclimate created by sunlight exposure, curvature, water flow, roof’s elevation, and its wings. - Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

TURF grows more than 40 edible species, including rice, indigenous vegetables and herbs, and fruit trees. Ranging from water-tolerant to drought-resistant, each suits the unique microclimate created by sunlight exposure, curvature, water flow, roof’s elevation, and its wings.
Photo credit:
Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS


Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - <p class="">TURF provides up to 20 tons (80,000 meals) of organic food each year. The campus canteens complete the sustainable food production system from start to finish, reducing CO2 emissions and waste as compost to fertilize crops for the next harvest.</p> - Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

TURF provides up to 20 tons (80,000 meals) of organic food each year. The campus canteens complete the sustainable food production system from start to finish, reducing CO2 emissions and waste as compost to fertilize crops for the next harvest.

Photo credit:
LANDPROCESS

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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<br>

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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


Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - 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

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

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - By carving into the mountainous architecture and maximizing the use of the inclined surface, TURF utilizes every level of the terrain to create multi-functional public spaces. Twelve individually designed areas on the slopes serve as oval-shaped outdoor classrooms. - Photo credit: Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

By carving into the mountainous architecture and maximizing the use of the inclined surface, TURF utilizes every level of the terrain to create multi-functional public spaces. Twelve individually designed areas on the slopes serve as oval-shaped outdoor classrooms.
Photo credit:
Panoramic Studio / LANDPROCESS

Press kit | 5298-01 - Press release | Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm - LANDPROCESS - Landscape Architecture - <p class="">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.</p> - Photo credit: LANDPROCESS

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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