Thai Design Center Uncovers Riches in Gritty Native Soil
A few years ago, a visiting economist from a United Nations-affiliated agency mentioned in conversation his plans to conduct a study on Thailand's arid, semi-impoverished northeastern region, known as Isan. The study's title was to be "Why Isan Is Uncompetitive."
But as Marshall McLuhan once observed, “Affluence creates poverty." Reasoning along these paradoxical lines, the inaugural exhibition of the jaw-dropping…