The Roles of the Foundation of Child Development and Murals in Empowering Children and Community in Bangkok


  • Pilaiporn Nunma
  • Kiyoko Kanki


children's space, Foundation of Child Development, community participation, Bangkok


This field report sheds light on the Foundation of Child Development, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to serving children and communities in a highdensity neighborhood in Bangkok, Thailand. The analysis primarily examines the Foundation’s strategic use of murals to engage children, parents, community members, and other stakeholders, particularly in Duang Khae alley and during the annual Rong Mueang Rueang Yim Festival. Creation of these murals contributed to vibrant play spaces and child-centric activities. However, there remains a need toestablish well- shaded activity zones on the streets through proactive international collaboration.

Author Biographies

  • Pilaiporn Nunma

    Pilaiporn Nunma, M. Arch., an alumnus of Thammasat University with degrees in Science and Architecture, is a full-time lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Kyoto University, her research focuses on enhancing children's play spaces in urban areasand community  development. Her work combines architectural expertise with a strong commitment to creating child-friendly and sustainable urban environments.

  • Kiyoko Kanki

    Kiyoko Kanki, Dr. Eng., is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. She works on issues related to rural and urban planning, landscape ecology, cultural landscape planning, and community development.