Seoul National University DAAE
Design Studio 4.1
The notion of Tabula Rasa, for so oft en the preferred form or urban develop-ment in most Asian cities, is rapidly being questioned on the grounds of eradi-cating the traces of historical development. No country testifi es to this eradica-tion of local heritage more than China in the last 30 years with their aggressive economic policies.
Our Department has decided that all students should at least once in their 5 years undergraduate studies work on a design project that is outside of Korea. The first semester of the Fourth year has been allocated as the right studio to carry out this project. Th e aim of the project is to subject SNU students to foreign conditions and absorb diff erent cultures, as to better prepare them for an ever changing profession where as graduate architects they will be expected to work in a multitude of various situations.
The first part is conceptual and relates to formulating a spatial composition While the second will consist of formulating the architectural project itself
Th is studio aims at breaking away from the “standard” way of conceiving an architectural idea, i.e. the paradigm of the concept, the reference, the metaphor which ultimately leads to all encompassing abstract concept model imbued with the projects DNA. A model that all will be infatuated with and which will become the nemesis of your fi nal design, as it will be impossible to achieve the same level of seductive ambiguity.
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto