Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea

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Walter de Gruyter, Nov 5, 2012 - Architecture - 176 pages
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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.
The 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.
The authors are both architects, trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
21
PREFACE
23
INTRODUCTION CONCEPTUALIZING CONVERGENT FLUX
24
THE EMERGENCE OF MODERNISM IN KOREAN ARCHITECTURE
32
POLITICS TRADITION AND IDENTITY IN KOREAN ARCHITECTURE
56
THE ALLEGORICAL LANGUAGE OF CONTEMPORARY KOREAN ARCHITECTURE
90
MEGAEVENTS AS URBAN TRANSFORMERS
118
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MATERIALS IN MODERN KOREAN ARCHITECTURE
142
EMERGING INFRASTRUCTURAL ALLIANCES IN SEOUL
156
CONTRIBUTORS
172
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
174
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