Small, green and open-air: inside Bangkok's new 'community malls' | Cities

THE GUARDIAN | on Mon, Apr 3, 2:15 AM

In Bangkok’s most desirable neighbourhood, Thong Lor, children have just one communal spot where they can run around with soft grass under their feet and the sky above their heads. It’s a lawn, it’s about the size of a swimming pool – and it’s on the fourth floor of a mall. Nevertheless, the Commons[1] is green, its grass is real. Such places are sorely needed in Bangkok. Public planners in the city have not prioritised parks and historically, private developers have built malls to shelter pe...

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