The 16th International Docomomo Conference Tokyo Japan 2020+1

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Description of Activity

Presented a paper entitled 'Beside Megastructures in Seoul. The Ecology of the Surroundings.'

Abstract: Megastructure and artificial land projects dominated the progressive
concept of architecture and urbanism around the world. From the late 1950s to
the early 1970s young architects developed radical visions of utopian cities and
architectural apparatuses. These ideas have influenced the transformation into a modern city, resulting in a complex urban programme where megaprojects
are juxtaposed with existing informal areas capable of preserving the traditional
milieu. The clash between these two urban settings can be found in many parts of Seoul. This paper will focus on the Euljiro area, in the very heart of the city the Sewoon Sangga building and its surrounding area are located. The complex
consists of eight blocks and forms a unique manufacturing environment. These
blocks contain an organic settlement of small buildings organised on the original
pattern of the ancient city in sharp contrast with the megastructure building.

This paper focuses on the tension between these two opposed urban artefacts,
retracing the main original idea behind the megastructure and the artificial concept and the unexpected symbiosis between the Sewoon complex and the
organic area surrounding it.
Period29 Aug 20212 Sep 2021
Event typeConference
Conference number16
LocationTokyo, Japan
Degree of RecognitionInternational