ARCH 701-202, Simon Kim

ARCH 701-202

Seoul: Compound Beings, Devious Topographies

Architecture of a city - as a proposition or a form of intellectual investigation is tethered to a built, shared environment. This may be expanded into terrain and even terra-forming where outside-inside is not easily divided. Its implicit and explicit meanings and affects are to be developed in material and also in behavior over time. To do this, we will imbue architecture and urbanism with duration, with its own agency and self¬governance in Seoul at the intersection of historical Haebangchon and the recently decommissioned U.S. military base of Yongsan. 

Organic objects wrapped in synthetic materials, obscuring artificial & natural through the blurring of decay & growth.
Katarina Marjanovic
Agata Jakubowska
A dreamscape that spawns and grows, nests and fills, cultivates and decays, creating an ecosystem of non-human chambers.
Katarina Marjanovic
Agata Jakubowska
Two worlds meet, a secret world of nonhuman entities grows and stretches onto the surface of our 'real' world.
Katarina Marjanovic
Agata Jakubowska

With new media and new materials, it is not impossible to conceptualize the built environment of ground and building as a sensate and sentient field. Our role as designers and as in habitants is to coordinate and live in this new city and new nature as a shared endeavor. Korea’s rapid advancement in light and heavy industries places it as an ideal postindustrial model with advanced thinking of new environment and eco-intelligence. This studio will break from the classical hierarchy of human-centric design and allow for nonhuman (all manner of flora, fauna, and matter) authorship and stewardship. Rather than design from a compositional position, and to dwell in a seamless zone of human comfort, this studio will engage in a design process with transformations over time, to produce environments that change and behave for other than human requirements (such as seasons, water, air, animal). 

Architectural rendering of a fantastical structure resembling a tree
Hanning Liu
Sanxing Zhao
Abstract study resembling an explosion
Hanning Liu
Sanxing Zhao