More notes from meeting with JP,PV and EM:
JP noted Thai reluctance of second-hand properties, housing in particular. Notion is very different from western notion - typical pattern is to buy and hold, with the expectation of rapid deterioration. Particularly true near the center of town, where land prices are astronomical - if a property is sold, nearly all the value is in the land upon which it sits, the building is an afterthought.
DESIGN PROVOCATION 1:
What might this mean for our hulking, second-hand friends?...
(Could these assumption of rapid deterioration be a translation of traditional tropical design - using lightweight, non-durable organic resources - into the modern era? How might decay/rejuvenation be taken into account these days?
JP noted that SV Garden, and other SV developments, were injection of Hong Kong style and density into fairly unreceptive Bangkok environment.
DESIGN PROV 2:
How could modification involve de-densification?... Do residential towers just want to be alone?