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Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea


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Convergent Flux illustrates the contemporary architectural and urban planning developments in South Korea in the context of the country's considerable urban density. In recent years South Korea, which long stood in the shadow of the superpowers Japan and China, has surged in economic terms. That said, industrialization and the population explosion connected with it have created enormous challenges for the country at the interface between globalization and cultural identity. Some 10.5 million inhabitants live in the center of the capital Seoul, while the metropolitan area includes around 25 million residents making it the second largest conurbation in the world after Tokyo. The result is high urban density, which spells an enormous demand for the more efficient use of space and encourages verticalization in architecture. This publication outlines the current developments in South Korean architecture, urban development and landscape architecture by examining 32 projects in detail. An in-depth view of contemporary South Korean architecture is given by five essays that address topics such as the fusion of tradition and the modern, the re-defining of so-called "social spaces" and the country's special topographical situation.


Korean Architecture today: an inspiring synthesis of cultural identity and Western design approach

About the Author

Jinhee Park AIA received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Seoul National University. She has received numerous awards including the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award and the 2007 Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. She is a design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and in the past has taught as the Morgenstern Chair Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as the Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural College. She has also taught an interdisciplinary industrial design + architecture studio as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Houston. She is an active AIA member having served as an awards jury member, serves on the Architectural League of New York's Young Designers Committee, is NCARB certified, and is registered in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. John Hong AIA, LEED AP received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia. He has received many awards including the 2006 AIA Young Architects award. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and previously was a Lecturer in Architecture at Northeastern University. He is an active AIA member having served on the Architecture Boston editorial board, is a LEED accredited professional, and is NCARB certified. His professional registrations include New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

• Preface

by Jinhee Park and John Hong

• Foreword

by Mohsen Mostafavi.

• Photo Essay

Photographic essay of contemporary Korean condition: In the form of provocative full-bleed images, approximately 12 consecutive photographs

will capture in atmospheric terms, the transformations that are occurring in Korea. To the outsider that is unfamiliar with Korea, this can be a

quick and productive way to set the tone through which the cultural information in the introductory text can be understood.

• Introduction

• Topographical Syntax

• Historical Transformation

• Accelerated Density

• Material Identity

• Infrastructural Alliance

• Background of Modernism Essay

• 32 Projects

Approximately 32 projects will be organized relationally to two of the most characteristic themes outlined in the introduction

• Essays on the 5 themes

• Accelerated Density: Kang Hong-Bin, Mega Events as an Urban Transformer

• Topographical Syntax: Pai Hyung-Min, Topographical Allegories

• Historical Transformation: Baek Jin, Ethics and Historical Transformation

• Infrastructural Alliance: Park, Yoon-Jin, Landscape Performances

• Material Identity: Hashim Sarkis, Progressive and Regressive

• Mappings, Data, and Research

• Accelerated Density:

• Expansion of transportation networks

• Explosion of satellite cities and the Seoul Metropolitan Region

• Comparison of price/income ration, density, and areas of Seoul and other major metropolises

• Topographical Syntax:

• Land vs mountain map

• Topographical sections through Korea

• Prototypical conditions of sections in architecture and landscape

• Green axis of Seoul policy

• Historical Transformation:

• Historical urban morphological mappings of Seoul, historical streets, castle walls, etc.

• Prototypical conceptual diagrams of spatial conceptions

• Demolition and urban renewal data

• Infrastructural Alliance:

• Highways and Parks

• Expansion of the Han River

• Han river park maps

• Mappings of industrial sites converted to open space and parks

• Centralized to distributed trash systems and repercussions on open space

• Material Identity

• Joinery and tectonics

• Building construction material use

• Weathering and modernity

• Construction schedule examples

Product Details

Hong, John Park
Birkhauser Boston
Park, Jinhee
Hong, John
Publication Date:
11 x 8.7 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Asia and Oceania
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » Contemporary (1945-)
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Regional
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Urban Planning

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