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.