Between Transformation and Evolution: Growth, Globalization and People

Seungkoo Jo

Cities have been analyzed in historical and theoretical terms. There is a close relationship between urban society and formal and spatial configurationsof cities in Korea. Urban form is not previous to the social phenomena. It is a product, it is built history. The city was redefined and built from scratch. Society would accommodate itself to its proposals, and it had to be persuaded to live within the new or old social formal context.

During the past 30 years, urban change and transformation in Korea occurred at a very radical pace. Unlike European Cities, urban transformation and evolution seem to be an ongoing process in which strong interventions are involved in Korean Modern architecture. Buildings are not built one framework, they are a succession of frameworksover time; growth, globalization, people. In this sense, buildings in Koreacan be read and understood from two perspectives: The first looks at buildings as a result of a continuous process, the other as a product of a certain moment in history.