Seoul 100-year Masterplan Exhibition (2023): Seoul Green Network

Explore a master plan that envisions Seoul in 100 years

Seoul Green Network by Curator: Byoung Soo Cho Photo: HANSOLCOMSSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Seoul 100-year Masterplan Exhibition presents...

...a framework for an eco-friendly high-density city of Seoul' that will have a single urban flow in 100 years by reconnecting the broken veins of Seoul’s unique geographical and physical situation: mountains, valleys, waterways, and wind roads.

Seoul 100-Years Masterplan Exhibition Seoul Green Network, Curator: Byoung Soo Cho Masterplan Research & Planning Team: Hyunbae Chang, Michele Maria Riva, Elina Zampetakis, Johanna Kleesattel Assistant: Seokyeong An Data Graphic Design: TO A T Media Contents: rebel9, From the collection of: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
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The proposals presented in the Seoul 100-Year Master Plan Exhibition are not conceived as fixed, unchanging, and completed plans. Rather, they are conceived as plans with an organic and smooth structure that can flexibly cope with and complement the economic, social, and cultural changes that will occur in the future. [...] We hope that it will be a useful proposal for shaping the future not only of Seoul but also of cities around the world. - Byoung Soo Cho, Curator of 2023 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Topography of Water in Movement by Yoongyoo Jang, Mijung Kim Team members: Wonjun Yang, Minkyun Kim, Jihoon ChoiSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Topography of Water in Movement

In this project, the Han River itself binds our city. Its expansive breadth becomes a ‘vast land,’ and its immense volume transforms into ‘deep space.’ It represents dynamic terrain onto which new spatial concepts can be grafted.

Yoongyoo Jang introduces ‘Amorphous Space,’ an interim state with no fixed location but the potential to manifest anywhere. Amorphous Space is built as a fusion of micro-space imbued with mobility. These spatial units loosely interconnect with other units, and the river is where these units materialize. 

Han Riverside Skyline; Pragmatic Chaos or New Seoul-ness by Seungman BaekSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Han Riverside Skyline; Pragmatic Chaos or New Seoul-ness

The waterside skyline tends to be symbolized as a representative image of a city. The contrasting silhouette of a vertical city against a horizontal water surface will stand out more than others. Can the competitiveness of urban high-rises enrich the lives of citizens?

Seungman Baek suggested neighborhood living area green ring, recreating Yeouido as international landmark and recreating a new banpo district optimized for nature.

Green Rings of Seoul, City of Earth, City of Water, City of Air by Grupo Aranea Team members: Francisco Leiva, Rocío Ferrández, Andrés Llopis, José Luis Carratalá, Marta GarcíaSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Green Rings of Seoul, City of Earth, City of Water, City of Air

According to Grupo Aranea, analysing cities from its flow of wind, water, and land allows us to characterise them. This project aims to eliminate these structures in places where there should be nature; more specifically, in the valleys that, due to their topography, collect water and are containers of life. 

Examples of the connection with nature we had once lost and recovered can be used as a positive tool to reconnect us with the city and its past. With these processes, we will achieve the regeneration of natural cycles and recover the richness of the soil.

100 years on: Seoul in Thermodynamic Balance by Ji Otterson Studio Team members: Yewon Ji, Ryan OttersonSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

100 years on: Seoul in Thermodynamic Balance

For the site in Ichon-dong, a series of interventions are proposed to restore thermodynamic balance over the next century. This includes restoring the river’s edge as a wetland, making the riverside accessible to the city’s entire length, and  implementing green corridors and urban promenades to restore natural air conditioning and breeze cycles.

Former concrete towers and slabs will be repurposed for heat exchange, and large thermal-battery structures will store heat for winter and release it during summer. Paved areas of the city will capture energy through thermo-electric and piezo-electric technologies, while autonomous vehicles and delivery robots ensure a near-loss-less energy cycle. 

The new architectural language of the city will be arranged through materials according to their ability to store, release, or reflect heat, store carbon, or clean the air, rather than according to their ability to instill meaning through symbolism.

Rhythm City Seoul 2123 by Jihyun Lee, Jayoon Yoon, Kyungjin Hong Team members: Ryan Nguyen, Michele Maria Riva, Hyunbae ChangSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Rhythm City Seoul 2123

Nodes, arranged at intervals of up to 400 meters, will serve as the city’s infrastructure promoting downtown. Also, these become the anchor point for floating structures that used to cross the Hangang River and the depot collecting water from the mountain.

The multi-layered platform can be applied to any disconnected space and this is the design to create a soft city landscape.

City and Multi-Layered Architecture—Green Hill by Luis Longhi Team members: Alfredo De la Cruz, Adrián Amez, Cristian Ruiz, Christopher Tapia, Fabrizzio Mesía, Harlyn Camarena, Junior Cuyutupa, Marco Leyva, Sebastián YupanquiSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

City and Multi-Layered Architecture—Green Hill

In the project in the hills around Seoul, Luis Longhi understands the site as the new nature, imagining as a design metaphor a forest of huge cut trees, where our architecture aims to be the extension of these remains, using the cut trees to turn them into 50-story housing towers.

Hyper-Abundant City by RIOSSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Hyper-Abundant City

The masterplan uses the river as an organizing influence in creating a set of riverine islands, introducing a dense network of ecotones from the water’s edge to a tapestry of architectural settlement. 

The masterplan additionally imagines Apgujeong as a regional flood retention zone, where defensive infrastructure is traded for biological systems that embrace dynamic weather. In this Hyper-Abundant future, everyday life will be characterized by individual and collective prosperity and wellness.

River / Ground: New Ground over the River by Heechan Park(Studio Heech) Team members: Jinhee Lee, Geonhyuk An, Jiwon Park, Sunwoo ChoiSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

River / Ground: New Ground over the River

This project explores the potential possibility of the Han River as a ‘Ground’; imagining the wide Han River as a potential public land, place, or space for the people of Seoul. ‘River Ground’, a new land on the Han River, is not just a bridge that serves as a connecting passage, but a new ground, a forest, and a public park in the city.

It is not simply a bridge or passageway connecting green areas, but a green space on a new level. The 500m wide land connects Gangnam (South of the Han River) and Gangbuk (North of the Han River) right admist the center of Seoul. 

Restructuring Seoul by Snøhetta Team members: Robert Greenwood, Seul Lee, Emily Yan, Yue Hong, Taejun Yim, Richard Wood, Karen Shueh, Chun Wing FokSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Restructuring Seoul: Restoring Waterways, Rehabilitating the Ecological Layer within the City’s Urban Fabric—an answer to climate change and increasing flood risks

For more than 30 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. This Project was intended to show a substantially realistic vision if supported by appropriate strategies, plans, and research.

From Mountain to River by Minsuk Cho Team members: Junkoo Kang, David Koo, Nathaniel Lee, Betty Kim, Chiwhan Seok, Daein Cheong, Geunho MinSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

From Mountain to River

From Mountain to River is an architectural concept of inspiration from a contemplation of Hannam-daero. It emerges as a harmonious response to Seoul’s urban revitalization, with a strong focus on pedestrian-friendly spaces and gently reminding us of the deep-rooted connection between our urban setting and the rich natural environment. 

Bridge of Aquifer: Topo Revived by Office ParkkimSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Bridge of Aquifer: Topo Revived

This proposal is an eco-bridge made of a shell arch that would structurally revive the pre-existing topography of Umyeonsan Mountain lost in the construction of the Gyeongbu Expressway, the first highway in Korea built in the 1960s. 

The Weave: Tancheon/Han River Waterfront by MVRDVSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The Weave: Tancheon/Han River Waterfront

Located between Seoul’s former Olympic Stadium in the Jamsil district and the rapidly growing central business district in Gangnam, the point where the Tancheon River joins the Han River is currently dominated by surface car parking and elevated highway structures. 

The central concept of 'The Weave' was to intertwine three aspects of the landscape: ‘Restoring nature, Accessibility improvement, and Leisure-Cultural waterfront’. Through the central concept of weaving, MVRDV envisions creating a continuous, fluid space that fosters the interplay between humans and nature.

“InfraNature” Reconciliation of Green and Urban Infrastructure with Future Mobility by Eunjung Yoo, Seongmo AhnSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

'InfraNature' Reconciliation of Green and Urban Infrastructure with Future Mobility

Eunjung Yoo presents the infrastructure built upon nature becomes “InfraNature,” giving back to nature in reverse, and proposing a master plan that suggests the Naebusunwhan-ro(inner circle ring road) as an alternative to creating the future Seoul Green Ring.

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Curator: Byoung Soo Cho
Venue: Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture
Masterplan Research & Planning Team: Hyunbae Chang, Michele Maria Riva, Elina Zampetakis, Johanna Kleesattel
Assistant: Seokyeong An
Data Graphic Design: TO A T

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