Chiang Mai Infrastructural Space: Historical Development of Electrical and Communication System from 1957-present

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Sant Suwatcharapinun
Chiranthanin Kitika

Abstract

Nowadays, “infrastructure” is more than just complex pipeline systems or piles of data sets, particularly in the digital era. For those who live in the city, infrastructure gradually becomes a part of everyday life. It seamlessly integrates into the way of life and inevitably becomes a transparent mechanism that determines how we think of or how we use space without being aware of it. This article is part of the research “Infrastructural Space: Analysis of the Transformation of Urban Spaces, Ways of Living, and Modern Technologies of Electrical and Communication System of Chiang Mai City”, which mainly investigates the changing relationship between infrastructural system, cityscape, and social space in the Chiang Mai municipality area from 1957–present. The term “Infrastructural space” used in this paper is to emphasize the social as well as spatial production between infrastructural system and the city.


         This research paper aims not only to collect knowledge based on historical investigation of how Chiang Mai’s Infrastructural Space–electrical and communication–have been developed from 1957-present,  ut also to explain the growth of socio-economic and the city expansion through the way in which infrastructural system has been modernized and developed. To some extent, this paper also intends to analysis as well as criticize the infrastructural system at the present in relations to the imposed Chiang Mai Smart City Policies, especially in the municipal area. A combination of both qualitative and quantitative data collection was employed in this research methods, including the seminar and in-depth interviews from those experts who work both in the electrical and communication facilities. In conclusion, there are two significant points this paper attempts to elaborate which are: (1) a conceptualization of how Chiang Mai City has been modernized and developed reading through historical transformation of electrical and communication system since 1957 and (2) an analysis of the opportunity and challenge for Chiang Mai Municipality through the transformation of electrical and communication systems towards the Smart City.

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