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Monday, December 7, 2015 — 2:30 PM EST

Of the thesis entitled: The Making of Chang-Shin District : A Study in Top-Down and Bottom-Up Urban Development

Abstract:

This thesis studies the process of urban development as a mass phenomenon involving top-down and bottom-up paradigms, which work as a whole to achieve distinct characteristics seen in urban neighbourhoods. In this study, the top-down paradigm describes the ways in which the governing authorities frame a neighbourhood’s development by controlling major urban factors affecting the overall city, whereas the bottom-up paradigm describes the ways in which individuals collectively build up their own neighbourhood through emergent patterns resulting from the decisions of each resident. In the final analysis, the workings of top-down and bottom-up urban development can be described as a cooperative process, where the on-going dialogue between the two paradigms allow them to work synergistically.

As a key place of industry and commerce throughout Seoul’s history, Chang-Shin has maintained its historical and cultural characteristics even in the midst of the powerful forces of modernization that have changed the face of the city as a whole during the twentieth century. Remarking on the district’s unique characteristics and its complex urban structure, this thesis probes around three questions: how did the district come to be? How does it function now? And how could the existing urban characteristics be effectively utilized to enrich the urban life in the district?

The intent behind the thesis is to analyze the rich and intricate urban phenomena observed in Chang-Shin, and further, to propose a design strategy that could improve the use of the district as a whole through working with local, small-scale components within the existing urban environment. The design proposal distinctly focuses on public space as a key urban element where both the urban characteristics and social functions of the district are most strongly manifested, highlighting the advantages of the bottom-up paradigm in fostering the cultural character of a given space, as well as those of the top-down paradigm in providing overall assessments of the district, out of which more substantial levels of resources and commitments can then be directed and focused. At a time when the cultural authenticity of Seoul’s urban environment has diminished drastically, current management of Chang-Shin could lead either to the gain or loss of the meaningful cultural heritage in the city.

The examining committee is as follows:
 

Supervisor:

Rick Andrighetti, University of Waterloo

 

Committee Members:

Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo
 
Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo
 

External Reader:

Donald Chong, Williamson Chong Architects




The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Monday December 7, 2015
2:30PM

ARC 2026

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2026
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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