• Unit 1 Non|Planned Rooms

    tutor: JinSeok Park

    assistant tutor: Jaewon Yi





    A hundred years ago, the city of Seoul had fewer than a million people. Today, Seoul metropolitan area boasts almost a half of population of South Korea, making it by counts the second largest metropolitan area in the world. By transforming vast urban landscape for last few decades, Seoul’s growth also stains societies, juxtaposing the old and the new, the local and the global, the reality and fiction, and the public and the private, the privileged and the disadvantage. A growing conflict within urban environment triggers increased attention to public realm and social structure. However, Korean urbanism faces challenges of gentrified social environment, poor mobility between urban territories, and poor network of civic spaces. The spatial complexities behind urban situation will be investigated in order to establish interactive interventions that change the live realm of the city of Seoul and the urban fabric.



    The studio will question how architecture could interact with constantly changing urban condition and how people could have a sustainable connection to architectural spaces. We will test one of the most controversial future development sites in Seoul – Usadan-ro of Itaewon. Beyond the analytical way of ‘research and proposal’, the studio will use a method for direct engagement to the urban fabric in order to create a chance to make real changes. Following a process of immersion into the area and collaboration with local people & professionals, a institution will be identified and chosen as a center-point and the perimeter of 1km x 1km will be investigated and analysed to insert interactive urban interventions. We will challenge/encourage existing masterplan strategies & urban rules and engage with live urban situations, addressing key potential spaces & social structure, and experiment with these to create 1:1 spatial interventions changing architectural and urban spaces of Usadanro.

    All the work will be conducted in group-basis and each group will propose a unique composite proposal generating interactive relationship between people, architectural spaces and social structures. We will set out a method of communication with the local area and design 3 elements – a constructed situation, interactive spaces, and interactive perimeter.

    A constructed situation will be conducted directly to the site, involved with at least 1 urban rule, 3 local people, and 5 potential social spaces to reconfigure the development vision promised by New Town Project. We will host range of informal live events to trigger creative, cross-programmed, informal spaces for social and cultural activities within the designated perimeter and the centre point. The designed interactive spaces and territory will accommodate a range of social structures, the forces of changes and hybrid architectural configuration that could tweak/support/interact the development vision and the reality of Usadan-ro.

    The inserted interactive interventions will reconfigure civic spaces and change the decayed urban fabric of Usadan-ro beyond the dominance of commercial and typical architectural space types, creating composite spaces to respond variables of the contemporary metropolis that could elude a traditional repertoire of masterplan design.



    Intended outcome of the workshop is a design project, and participants are expected to produce the following by the end of the workshop:

    1. 3 mins long flim of a constructed situation/events
    2. 20 pages ‘User’s Manual’ to publish
    3. Site-wide 3D axonometric and diagrams illustrating social & physical structures of the proposal
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