'Superwall' proposed for Bangkok


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6 thoughts on “'Superwall' proposed for Bangkok

  1. The sea level is expected to rise between 50cm and 1.5m in the next 10 to 20 years. Much of Bangkok is less that 1m above sea level, and is sinking by between 60cm and 80cm because of subsidence caused by draining the aquifer underneath the city.

    So yes, it will be needed.

    One does need to ask however, how much engineering faith can be put in a nation that builds airports like Suvarnabhumi and whose metropolitan roads are a disgrace. Laziness and incompetence are the rule in Thailand, however I do hear that an exodus by the rich is being planned, and land in Issan is being snapped up faster than you can say 'Thais are worthless'.

  2. I'm not so sure about the rise of the sea level, but because of the "sinking", Bangkok will hit sea level surely. A sea-barrier is not a wannahave, but a shouldhave by then.

    So it is a good idea, I mean, in Holland we're full of those things.

    And yes, it can be build, but I share your doubts. Suvarnabhumi and all the useless concrete pillars you see around Bangkok don't really raise the confidence I must say.

  3. Well, our ancestors moved the nation's capitals a few times in the past. Moved away from an epidemic. Moved away from the post-war ruins. Moved across the river.

    Might as well moved again this time to higher grounds somewhere. Or something.

  4. It's not the sea level rising silly. It's that Bangkok is pumping too much groundwater out, and the soils underneath are compacting, causing Bangkok to sink. Bangkok will be underwater, like New Orleans. It won't be a problem until there is a major storm, lucky there are no typhoons here.

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