Thesis  

Hong Kong 2017

Re-Introducing Tangible Realities:

A new artisan retreat for Itaewon

Student

IP Man Lung Jackey

The aim of my thesis is to create an artisan retreat in Itaewon, Seoul, with short-term workshop or long-term apprenticeship programs for craftspeople/craft-making enthusiasts to learn from skilled craftsmen. On top of craft-teaching venues, it includes a dwelling space, i.e. an accommodation for this artisan community, where teachers and students alike, could embrace this re-introduced material culture as a new way of working, as well as a new way of living.  

When mentioning “making” in this thesis, I refer to “creative manual making” in an era in which much of production process today is done by robots. The future of traditional crafts begins with new value of making by hand, i.e. not just the appreciation on resulted objects, but also the understanding of actual working process; a process deemed very personal and exclusive to artisans, craftsmen and designers.  

Students/Apprentices could create/co-create artifacts of the past, and use them in their everyday life during their stay in the retreat, of which they can make a choice to carve out their time by dedicating to making. All craftsmen participate in the unique human experience that comes from being completely immersed in a creative activity. Being in “the zone” is felt by a young child as much as by a skilled master. 3 Hence, making offers craftsmen the opportunity to displace themselves from the hustle of life and be worry-free whilst adopting the “slow culture”.  This slow culture amongst craftsman represents the special human condition of being engaged,4 with time and making together giving anchor to our material reality in a world of proliferated smart devices and incessant distractions from social media. 

Envision an Urban Space Lab:

A New Architecture School in Seun Sangga

Student

LUN Ka Hei Ruth

This thesis project aspires to have an analysis and a critique on the current architectural education sys-tem in Seoul from the perspective of many western architectural theories and critiques, and attempt to design for an unconventional and radical school of architecture in the Seoul city. The first part will start with the introduction of an issue exist in the general context of architectural aca-demia and practices, zooming into the issue within the context of South Korea, and opportunity. Supported by an extensive study on the litera-ture, in search for the fundamentals for architecture, its education, ma-teriality and the relationship with the city. How those elements can inspire new form of education as suggested by different philosophers, educators, scholars and practitioners, with the case studies of an exceptional archi-tectural visionary – Cedric Price. 

Absorbing all ideas from the study, and looking at the project site – Seun Sangga, located in the Jung-gu area of Seoul, a once ambitious project in the late 60s, social and political significance. Contemporary architec-tural education is always one step be-hind reality and somehow oblivious to the social context surrounds it, there is forever a tear between where archi-tectural education as resistance in its bone, and architectural practices as a form of pragmaticism. Architecture In-stitute lives comfortably within the wall of campuses. Architecture intrinsically is about ideas that experiments and challenges the mundane, the physical reality. 

The basis of any study in architectural schools should be a study of human and social intervention. The second part of the thesis is a design for a new school of architecture. By sewing the urban fragments, in this proposal- Seun Sangga, an obsolete symbol of Seoul, with the architecture school. The design envisions a common ground where the architecture’s comfort zone is pushed outwards to the city. The boundary of the making-trial-and-error, the knowl-edge wastes in academia is uncomfort-ably experimented in the thesis project.

FACTS

Thesis Instructor

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto

Category

Teaching