informal garden collective
association with Society of Architecture
original curated by Canadian Center for Architecture
LANDSCAPE, Nature in Cities Landscaping is a way to invite nature into architecture and cities. Amid fast evolutions of technologies, cities, and architecture, nature must also be incorporated in artificial ways. The atrium and public gardens of Brickwell, a project in Tongui-dong (architecture by SoA, landscape design by studio loci, 2020), was planned to include a lacebark pine tree site nearby. What does nature mean for residents, architects, and landscape designers in contemporary architecture scene? How does it function? In what form does it exist? What possibilities can we explore to expand nature?
Lacebark Pine Tree Site and the Alleys The lacebark pine tree site, adjacent to the west side of 35- 17, Tongui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, was where a beautiful, magnificent pine tree stood. Once known as the biggest among its kind in Korea, the tree had been designated as a natural monument until it died in 1991. What’s left of the past are its stump and a few lacebark trees that were planted afterwards. Three stumps of two-year-old lacebark pine trees stand along the old stump to bring a serendipitous pleasure for those who walk along the narrow alleys, maximizing the walking experience unique to the Seochon district. Brickwell stretches over the site of 35-17, Tonguidong, and wholly embraces the old resting area which has witnessed the history of city’s construction for nearly 200 years. Attached to the tree site, a garden was created to naturally connect the alleys, and the garden joins a courtyard layered over a pond in the center of the rounded building.
Climate City - Self-Sustaining Seoul: Smaller, Slower, and Closer
This is a research project in which eight architectural offices present urban spatial strategies and visions in response to the climate crisis through the use of idle public spaces in Seoul.
curated by Soik Jung (Urban Mediation Project)
Climate Citizen 3.5 is a large-scale, campaign-based public art project that urges all-out climate actions. The project is inspired by the work of sociologist Erica Chenoweth, who, based on the analysis of data on various social movements that have occurred throughout the globe for the past 100 years, showed that social change is possible when 3.5% of the population act.
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