This is my master's diploma project. There was no brief, the need for these interventions seemed to appear on their own through the on-site observations and research.
I focused on the Ahlone district, an area north-east of the historical city center created by the British colonizers in the 1850s. This project focuses on the stories of three important locations located along a walk on Thit Taw Street which crosses the district. These histories are interconnected. They tell the story of a post-colonial city struggling with independance. A city once conquered by British colonizers and only recently open to the rest of the world is developing its economy and infrastructure according to the foreign models. The local city government ignorantly destroys local history and culture for profit and the interest of international investors, all the while forgetting to consider local climate.
These projects strive to reservse that model. Enhancing what is already there, using local materials, local culture, and structures that are adapted to the tropical climate and lifestyle.
The Shan Lan train station is part of a run down circular rail system that many international investors would like to transform into an elevated high-way or a tram system. I therefore propose a model for simply renovating the existing colonial-period stations with local materials that are decorative yet functional, and handicapped accessibility . This project also revalues the public space there with the same intentions.
I propose to rethink the streets of Ahlone by installing larger sidewalks, with trees and materials that allow the water to go back into the earth during the rain season that often causes flooding.
I propose to renovate the Ahlone market according to the needs of the vendors who have been ignored by the YCDC, the municipality. The market would become an open public space, made of local materials that would let air flow during hot seasons and allowing different types of vendors via the installation of larger sidewalks for street vendors to park.
The Ahlone market, the streets of Ahlone and the Shan Lan station are three spaces of the district that are important for the well-being of the people
FRAMEWORK ENSAPLV "The Tropical Condition" studio led by Olivier Boucheron, Christiane Blancot and Camille Roualt
CONTEXT Ahlone district, Yangon, Burma
Prototypes of tiles for the public space, studying patterns to create friction.
Swatches of Acacia-dyed cotton. Acacia is indigenous to Burma so it is an interesting plant to dye fabric for creating shade.
Roof plan of the Shan Lan station today, not easily accessible for handicapped or sick people.
The facade of the station tomorrow will be visible and proud with light-weight bamboo structures made of Acacia-dyed cotton to provide shade.
Tiles with motifs taken from traditional Mon pottery would be installed upon the facade to prepare it for the rainy season while also marking the important transportation edifice.
The public space flooring.
Prototypes of tiles for the public space, studying patterns to create friction. Tiles with holes in them can serve for holding the foot of temporary parasols that mobile street vendors find shade under.
Cross section of Thit Taw street today. It is not comfortable for the pedestrian or street vendor.
Tomorrow, a new large permeable sidewalk and new trees make the city comfortable for pedestrians in the tropical climate.
Clay tiles, a material found in Yangon, inspired by the Vietnamese fish scale tiles, would replace the metal roofing installed by the city. This would create better air flow in the market.
Roof tiles glazed with historical glazes taken from traditional Mon pottery.
The market would be made more accessible to vendors and pedestrians with a large stair case connecting the levels created by the municipality ( it is always harder to sell goods from the second floor).
Floorplan of the market today, empty and yet, encircles by merchants resisting.
Floorplan of the market tomorrow, an open public space for all typed of vendors.
Extension of the existing structure towards the streets with an additional wooden structure.
© 2020 Chloé Macary-Carney