The Newsletter 63 Spring 2013

Vertical Cities Asia 2012, Yongsan, Seoul: Lifetime City

Laura DinklaKaterina SalonikidiMaria StamatiJohnny Tascon ValenciaQiu Ye

Walking through the city of Seoul is a vibrant experience. People eat, drink, walk through shops or sit in a park. They live and grow old in a city that lives and grows old with them. Not just everyone ages, but everything ages. Activities, buildings, emptiness, centralities, high density, all together create different atmospheres in different places. As part of the Vertical Cities Asia 2012 competition, we worked on identifying the inherent characteristics of Seoul’s Yongsan district and used them as a starting point for the new design of the site. Existing urban life and a new way of understanding the role of streets merge in our proposal.

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