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A Taxonomy of the Real: Seoul

A Taxonomy of the Real: Seoul AbstractThis paper explores the relationship between the actual (what happens) and the real (what is meaningful) about the contemporary city. The argument focuses on Seoul, the capital of South Korea, as an example of a modern metropolis designed by agents of capitalism rather than architects or planners. The resulting dynamic collage can be best defined as an unsolicited urban condition, steering away from typical models seeking to regulate and impose order, and towards an adaptive urban fabric in constant transition. At the heart of Seoul’s DNA is the absence of grids. Unlike its neighbouring capitals – Beijing and Tokyo – Seoul is a capital whose urban fabric developed in direct symbiosis with its topography, resulting in urban fragments in a state of flux becoming the very marrow of urban life where apparently incongruous elements collide to generate new reciprocities of precarious coexistence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

A Taxonomy of the Real: Seoul

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 14 – Sep 1, 2016

A Taxonomy of the Real: Seoul

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 14 – Sep 1, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThis paper explores the relationship between the actual (what happens) and the real (what is meaningful) about the contemporary city. The argument focuses on Seoul, the capital of South Korea, as an example of a modern metropolis designed by agents of capitalism rather than architects or planners. The resulting dynamic collage can be best defined as an unsolicited urban condition, steering away from typical models seeking to regulate and impose order, and towards an adaptive urban fabric in constant transition. At the heart of Seoul’s DNA is the absence of grids. Unlike its neighbouring capitals – Beijing and Tokyo – Seoul is a capital whose urban fabric developed in direct symbiosis with its topography, resulting in urban fragments in a state of flux becoming the very marrow of urban life where apparently incongruous elements collide to generate new reciprocities of precarious coexistence.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2016.1251216
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper explores the relationship between the actual (what happens) and the real (what is meaningful) about the contemporary city. The argument focuses on Seoul, the capital of South Korea, as an example of a modern metropolis designed by agents of capitalism rather than architects or planners. The resulting dynamic collage can be best defined as an unsolicited urban condition, steering away from typical models seeking to regulate and impose order, and towards an adaptive urban fabric in constant transition. At the heart of Seoul’s DNA is the absence of grids. Unlike its neighbouring capitals – Beijing and Tokyo – Seoul is a capital whose urban fabric developed in direct symbiosis with its topography, resulting in urban fragments in a state of flux becoming the very marrow of urban life where apparently incongruous elements collide to generate new reciprocities of precarious coexistence.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2016

Keywords: Seoul; Seoul churches; urban tattoos; Seoul apartments; background city; adaptive urban conditions; urban typologies; mutating urban landscapes

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