Seoul National University DAAE
Design Studio 4.2
We live in an era where the Museum has become a default cultural commodity, indispensable piece of the urban jigsaw for any self-respecting “contemporary/modern/en-vogue” 21st Century city. Often situated in segregated cultural districts (Seoul’s Leeum is no exception) they no longer follow the institutional system “collect to display” rather the organism has been inverted to follow the dictum “display to collect”; the collection referring to the endless merchandise which is rapidly replacing the “original” artifacts themselves.
Th is semester the studio will challenge these notions and speculate whether the Museum can be returned to the city; an institution that celebrates urban life the expressions of time and place that inspire our everyday, leading to alterna-tive architectural strategies that assemble fragments and celebrate a city that is beautifully incomplete. Our approach will be empirical, interpreting the city through direct contact, sampling and exploring the notion of “Pause”.
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto