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By Jinhee Park, John Hong

Convergent Flux illustrates the modern architectural and concrete making plans advancements in South Korea within the context of the country's substantial city density. lately South Korea, which lengthy stood within the shadow of the superpowers Japan and China, has surged in financial phrases. That stated, industrialization and the inhabitants explosion attached with it have created huge, immense demanding situations for the rustic on the interface among globalization and cultural identification. a few 10.5 million population dwell within the middle of the capital Seoul, whereas the metropolitan sector comprises round 25 million citizens making it the second one greatest conurbation on the earth after Tokyo. the result's excessive city density, which spells a huge call for for the extra effective use of area and encourages verticalization in architecture.

This e-book outlines the present advancements in South Korean structure, city improvement and panorama structure by means of analyzing 32 tasks intimately. An in-depth view of latest South Korean structure is given by means of 5 essays that deal with issues corresponding to the fusion of culture and the trendy, the re-defining of so-called "social spaces" and the country's particular topographical scenario.

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The occupation of Korea by China and Japan, and the heavy military presence of the United States, destabilized notions of cultural identity, but also introduced industrial processes and new models of enterprise. The post-Korean War housing crisis brought with it techniques of expedited construction that took an infrastructural approach to building. Throughout this process of modernization, the struggle to synthesize the opposing forces of progress and the expression of a culturally significant material culture remain as synthetic links to the past.

Architectural discourse was similarly stunted. The devastation of the Korean War, however, created a great demand for new physical facilities in all sectors of Korean society. As the southern half of Korea assumed a semblance of normalcy sometime in the mid-1950s, three leading themes surfaced: the use of new material and technology, innovation in form-making, and the expression of tradition in a contemporary setting. Among the architects who explored the use of new material and technology in pursuit of a reinvigorated architectural language, Kim Chung Soo of Chonghap Architects stands out.

Architectural discourse was similarly stunted. The devastation of the Korean War, however, created a great demand for new physical facilities in all sectors of Korean society. As the southern half of Korea assumed a semblance of normalcy sometime in the mid-1950s, three leading themes surfaced: the use of new material and technology, innovation in form-making, and the expression of tradition in a contemporary setting. Among the architects who explored the use of new material and technology in pursuit of a reinvigorated architectural language, Kim Chung Soo of Chonghap Architects stands out.

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