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Seoul Skyway- Studio Brief

SS15 PROJECT_POSTED_BY Martin Rein-Cano     March 31, 2015    


Studio SS15
Seoul Skyway
Studio Master Prof. Martin Rein-Cano


Car centric urbanism of the twentieth century defined progress by the efficiency of automobile flow. The era of designing cities as if car access alone was sufficient however appears to be out-dated. Demonstrated by freeway removal, reuse and reinvention projects in cities around the world, many urban cores are reassessing the often antisocial, redundant and divisive urban highway infrastructure in favour of open space and transportation alternatives. Such urban infrastructural rewrites are cause for bold architectural, landscape architectural and urban engineering visions catered to 21st century needs. This course strives to promote such possibilities and seeks innovative proposals for a disused expressway ramp in the centre of Seoul, Korea.


The decommissioned 700-metre stretch of overpass sits adjacent to Seoul’s main railway station and was formerly the main east-west artery connecting the central business district with the city’s west. To cope with rapid population growth of the later part of the last century, constructed since the 1970’s, Seoul's elevated highways historically dominated the public domain; this overpass was one of a network of 101 elevated freeways. At the forefront of urban freeway revision, Seoul has torn down 15 highways since 2002. The preservation of this central overpass, the “Seoul Skyway” is a diversion from Seoul’s demolition paradigm. The city perspective however is that simple demolition is insufficient to recover the city landscape to its former state, and that more urban space potential lies in the conservation and reuse of the massive structure. 


The Seoul Skyway studio asks students to envision new experimental potentials to reclaim the once traffic-ridden urban space for public use. The new overpass design is to respect the engineering capacity of the existing structure and connect to the site surroundings structurally and economically while generating an attraction unique to the city of Seoul. As a tool of urban intervention the proposal should thus contribute to the revitalisation not only of the structure but also of the surrounding neighbourhoods. As a hybrid architectural and landscape architectural studio, proposals are to draw from and blend the strategies and disciplines. The new proposal should established itself as part of the urban landscape comprising the central public space of the Seoul Station will providing amenities and open space cultivating new spacial identity for the city.


Enrollment is open now !
Students who are interested, kindly join the studio group and write on the wall (First choice or Second choice)
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