PHUKET: On Phuket to put the final polish on a range of ''green architecture'' ideas for creating a model for future Phuket development are about 30 university students from Germany and Bangkok.
Three professors and the students from Technishe Universitat Kaiserslautern and the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Thammasat University aim to make Kata-Karon liveable.
Professor Dr Wolfgang Boehm says good city planning and good living were part of the concept of producing better ideas.
Dr Boehm met with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and the team yesterday to show him the results of the first week of the workshop. The team, supported by the Kata-Karon municipal council, has been operating from the council offices.
''I am proud to say we have been quite efficient,'' he said. ''We have only shown a small portion so far of our projects.''
The intention is to continue in smaller groups, targetting ''green architecture.''
''This is the greatest asset that you have, the sea, the sun and nature. These ingredients are sustainable.
''Phuket became too much concrete and stones, hard surfaces, buildings and roads, so we aim to reduce the amount of covering of nature and involve people in the process. We've had a positive response.
''Phuket should move into the future as fast as possible in terms of green architecture. We have always had a positive response. Green planning, green urbanism . . . Phuket needs to accelerate in this direction.
''Sustainability in energy and the social structure are important. Phuiket has priendly, active, interested people, and a source of energy: the sun.
''We need to foster and spread the idea of a green environmnet. We will continue the work and conclude by the end of July, and in October I will come back and we will have an exhibition and show the work.
''Then we will hear what people think and hear some more ideas, and I am sure we will continue.''
City arrival points and landmarks are part of the planning. One of the focuses is a bus station alongside the Kata-Karon council offices.
This space, used by taxis and tuk-tuks, has also been suggested as a call centre for local taxis, to unblock the Kata-Karon roads where scores of vehicles currently park.
A tourist information centre, garbage collection units, sidewalk profiles and better lifeguard towers are being proposed.
The project has the support of local hoteliers, profesors Dr Yongtanit Pimonsathean and Jarunee Pimonsathean and architect Mathar Bunnag.