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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Sky Room 2 West 13th Street, 12th Floor

This lunch-time talk will include video projection and “pin-up” exhibition of drawings and photographs from my sabbatical year from August 2016 to August 2017.

Just 7½ km from the center of the expanding city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, farmers gather and direct the monsoon waters through an intricate pattern of weirs and canals directing water from the Kuang River to fill rice paddies, as their ancestors have for centuries. An intricate community irrigation system not only manages the fair distribution of water, but also allows most farmers to grow a second dry season crop by directing stored water. However, for almost 10 km, the Kuang River winds inside the city’s newly constructed Outer Ring Road trapping multiple villages, temples, weirs and hundreds of rice paddies inside land planned for urban expansion. Meanwhile, dozens of gated subdivisions mushroom along the new ring highway in land designated for agricultural preservation. This project seeks to assert the importance of maintaining the ecology, dignity and livelihood of this traditional ways of life within the modern economy.

Presented by Parsons' School of Constructed Environments (SCE). 

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