The future is unknowable, and to imagine the unknown, we rely on myths and fictions. All dreams, opinions, and views are equally valid. But the future will not simply arrive through the passage of time, but must be shaped by those who first visualize it and actively persuade others to follow their collective vision.

A Genealogy of X

“A Genealogy of X” describes a method of “Chasing the City” by focusing on a singular spatial typology—the urban voids of Seoul—to construct a social narrative of public spaces distorted by personal desires. In architectural drawings, a big X demarcates a flat void as a hole in the floor that seldom continues beyond the single …

젊은 건축가

“용감하고 정직한 태도와 건축에 대한 바른 시선” 그들의 작업이 주는 첫 인상은 실험적이라기보다 안정적이고, 신선하다기보다 노련해 보인다. 그들이 수행한 작업들 속에 담겨 있는 아이디어들은 추상적이기보다 구체적이고 그 결과로 만들어진 건물들은 애매한 뉘앙스보다 명쾌한 해법을 추구하는 듯 하다. 건축에 대한 이념이나 철학적 망상을 버리고 오로지 주어진 조건에 가장 적합한 아이디어들을 조합하여 최대한 수준 높은 건물로 빚어내기 …

Promenades of KECC

The first generation of Korean architects were civil and cultural leaders who first visualized the “generous dreams” for the Korean republic, and it was the architects of KECC who were at the vanguard of Korea’s utopian enterprise.

Rough Poetry in the Architecture of Ra Sang-jin

An overview of the brief but prolific career of Ra Sangjin, who reportedly completed over 150 projects, provides us with a glimpse on the exhilarating first years of contemporary architecture in Korea, when a small group of young men, often through forging privileged or dubious relationships with the dictatorial regime, carried out ambitious projects, on par with the prevailing architectural trends in the West.

A Topography of Hometown Memories

While many of the logical underpinnings for the New Ruralism, or the New Urbanism, of which it is a corollary, remain valid and instructive in non-American contexts, it is important to recognize the need for regional specificity within a cultural milieu. Without substituting the shared imagery of an ideal community with a local equivalent that would resonate within the new cultural context, any superficial translation of the principles of the New Ruralism would fail.