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    BKK Park to Hold Water

    Bangkok is sinking, so it built a park that holds a million gallons of rainwater to help prevent flooding

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    Published 5:45 am PDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2018



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    Summertime is Thailand's rainy season, when Bangkok and other cities can experience powerful storms. In past years, downpours have produced enough rainfall to completely flood city streets, overwhelm drainage systems, and inundate homes.
    Making matters worse for Bangkok, the city is sinking at a rate of more than one centimeter a year and could be below sea level by 2030.
    To help prevent future flooding, the city and local organizations have recently embarked on several projects, including mapping out an extensive water-management plan this past June.

    One of the larger anti-flooding projects is Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park, an 11-acre green space that can hold up to a million gallons of rainwater. As TED notes, Bangkok-based landscape architecture firm Landprocess designed the park to address flooding in its surrounding neighborhoods.

    Here's how it works.

    Known informally as the CU Park, the project was built on $700 million worth of land near central Bangkok in 2017.

    LandprocessLandprocess Founder Kotchakorn Voraakhom, who grew up in Bangkok, led the design plans. The park sits on the campus of Chulalongkorn University, which commissioned the project.


    The park features several characteristics that help it retain and redirect floodwater that would otherwise flow into city streets.



    One side of the park sits at an incline that helps funnel water into a giant container.







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    Not a bad idea, will ease flooding, though I can’t see how it will help with subsidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    will ease flooding,
    By fractions of millimeters overall. I did the math on this type of scenario a couple of years ago when a different scheme was in the news.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    a park that holds a million gallons of rainwater
    A million gallons is 3.8 million litres.
    3.8 million litres is 3,800 cubic metres of water.
    Consider one cubic meter is ten square meters, one cm deep.
    Thus 3,800 cubic meters is 38,000 square meters, one cm deep.
    A million square meters is one square kilometer, thus 38,000 sq metrs (1 cm deep) equates to 3.8 sq km 1mm deep. A negligable amount of water over a relatively small area.

    Possibly a fault in translation when they spoke about "a million gallons"? Wouldn't be the first time "a million" is mistranslated, Thai counting words being logarithmic as opposed to decimal Western counting.

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    People have been discussing the probability Of Bangkok becoming uninhabitable for the last 30 years I have been here.

    There has also been discussions about re-locating the capitol within Chonburi Province and on higher grounds.

    Manufacturing zones were built but on flood prone plains.

    At the end of the day Thai's are used to flooding and just get on with life until the next disaster.

    What will happen will happen and the band-aids they attempt is more show then anything else.

    Maybe a new fishing park funded by taxpayers money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    At the end of the day Thai's are used to flooding and just get on with life until the next disaster.

    What will happen will happen and the band-aids they attempt is more show then anything else.
    Two things here. Yep bandaids are just for show and no thought to when the bandaid fails, the people suffer.
    And yep, get on with life until the next disaster...no forward planning, just suffer the disaster. A perpetual dismal outlook.

    Something that actually works wil happen when someone in a palace is seriously inconvenienced because not only are the roads flooded, but no helicopter can land to deliver another bottle of Remy Martin. Send in the SEALs to save the day, but the inconvenience occurred.

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    ...this smells of another giant boondoggle to funnel cash to "advisers" who, of course, return the favor to uni admin cronies...I anticipate a giant mud pit in the center of bkk when all the engineering goes awry...

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    sounds like a good idea but....


    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    .this smells of another giant boondoggle

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