How Small is too small? Bangkok (frugal) Living
Keywords:Interior, Frugal living, Urban living, Spatial design
Is it too small? ‘It’ is a one-bedroom private apartment with a floor area of 20 square metres, an ideal for the new way of living in the Bangkok metropolis. As advertised, developers invite their buyers to look into the advantages of low-cost, convenient locations, domestic conveniences and less domestic labours. Bangkok city dwellers become convinced of the shifts toward more convenient domesticity and dream of their (frugal) apartments. The paper examines the interior economy of the family living in such a small apartment and the ways in which it alters the family relationships and homelife of the urban residents. With the increasing numbers of urban residents who buy small living units in high-rise condominiums, how are we to understand the effect of this phenomenon?
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