Spring Design Studio (Group design members: Jason Pugh, Oswaldo Ortega, Carla Quinoes, & Jonathan Pettibone)
This design project was used to insert ourselves into a larger discussion that asked how architects can alternatively approach a site when faced with heavy development pressures that are resisted against the historical city fabric. In doing so, it also aimed to critique the adopted “tabula-rasa” approach of new developments that have sprung up worldwide.
The projects main goal was to focus on those specific moments where developments fringe upon the existing traditional cultural values of a city, in order to avoid creating synthetic projects that try to recreate the historical past.
In south Seoul, the city was built from a blank condition. As a result, there is an apparent disconnected part of the city that has little relation to the rest of Seoul and could practically be found almost anywhere, in any city. The north side, however, is where the city originated and hence has embedded within a dense layering that speaks to the identity and character of the place. Thus, such an approach as the tabula-rasa to urban design in this part of the city is not appropriate.
Our project recognized that the north side of Seoul is composed of a complex palimpsest that has developed over time which is absolutely critical when designers engage in this type of context. Re-Mediating THE WALL served as strategic approach and responsive solution to this site.
Status: School Project
Location: Seoul, KR