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Street Food: A Common Canteen


Bangkok, named in 2016 by CNN as the city with best street food in the world, is well-known for its fabulous food scene. Though street food is an integral part of local everyday eating, its vibrant image also attracts media and tourists. In the urban environment, where commuting long hours to work or living in a small housing unit is the norm, street vendors offer convenient and affordable food within walking distance. The Goodwalk Thailand Project, a study on public amenities and walkable environment, reveal that street vendors, while promoting street life, also create obstacles to walking. Despite these issues, street vendors have been responsive to diverse urban behavior, and thus present an interesting design domain in an inclusive city. If street food is a common amenity, what kind of physical infrastructure and management is required?