Urban Design Workshop 2019

Confronting Urbanization
observations on the (inter)-active tissue of urban life

The primary source material for this workshop will be your personal engagement with the urban construct. You will take a variety of different journeys through Seoul to collect stories of the city and you will, based on your personal engagement, develop a possible scenario of change towards confronting urbanization.

Moving beyond the limitlessness of the contemporary city, this workshop will investigate the urban condition through the lenses of its interactive tissue—a tissue that ranges from parking garages, sidewalks, warehouses, smart phones, the world wide web, credit cards, highway systems, airports, to indoor plumbing. This tissue is the multi-scalar as well as operative framework that mediates various flows or stoppages; adapts to changing conditions over time; crosses over; divides; accommodates shortcuts; is able to redistribute, as well as swell and deflate. It resides as a naturalized background as ordinary and unremarkable to us as air.

Within this frame of reference, you are invited to engage with one particular interactive tissue through which you will investigate questions such as: How does daily life unfold in this limitlessness and complete integration of movement? Who are the game changers in this process of urbanization and who is left out? Is there a limit to this infinity, knowing that things and events have a limit, a form, and an existence?


The primary source material for this workshop will be your personal engagement with the urban construct. You will take a variety of different journeys through Seoul to collect stories of the city and you will, based on your personal engagement, develop a possible scenario of change towards confronting urbanization.



Schedule I Workshop


Monday, July 15
(Haenglim, 201, Songpa-daero, 17th Floor, Songpa Tera Tower2)

10:00 AM
- General introduction to workshop

10:30 - 11:00AM

 - Lecture: On the (inter)-active tissue of urban life: agents and agencies

11:15 AM

 - Handout exercise no.1A(Postcards from Seoul)

1:00 - 2:00 PM

 - Lunch Break

2:00 PM

 - Discussion: exercise no.1A(Postcards from Seoul)

 - Handout exercise 1B(Sensing from Afar)

 - INTRO MOVIE: How parking spaces are eating our cities.


Tuesday, July 16

(Haenglim, 201, Songpa-daero, 17th Floor Songpa Tera Tower2)

10:00 AM

 - Workshop

1:00 PM
 - Discussion exercise 1B

 - Handout exercise no.2(Share, Re-claim and Re-purpose)

 - Site visit to Geum-Ha Village(Doksan-dong, Geumcheon-gu, Seoul)

5:00 PM

 - Meeting at Haenglim; brief discussion - workshop


Wednesday, July 17

(Haenglim, 201, Songpa-daero, 17th Floor Songpa Tera Tower2)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Workshop


Thursday, July 18

(Haenglim, 201, Songpa-daero, 17th Floor Songpa Tera Tower2)

10:00 AM
- Workshop

3:00 PM

 - Discussion with invited guests




*Details are subject to change.

*A PC is required for exercise no.1B and no.2. Please bring your laptop.




Lecturer
Petra Kempf


Petra Kempf PhD. is an architect, urban designer and educator. Her background includes working with the public and private sector, such as the Department of City Planning in New York City, The Project for Public Space and Richard Meier and Partner. In addition to her current teaching appointment at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in Saint Louis, she has taught at Columbia and Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design as well as various other universities in the United States and Europe. She serves as a member on the editorial board for the “Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts,” and is the founder of urbantransits, a research initiative with focus on the transient nature of cities and the impact of this dynamic condition has on its architecture and culture. She has lectured in the United States, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, and Europe and her work has been exhibited in various galleries, institutions, and museums, both in the United States and Europe. She is the author of “You are the City- Observation, Organization and Transformation of Urban Settings” and “(K)ein Ort Nirgends, Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk.”