Though one of the largest cities in the world, Seoul is at the same time modern and historical. This comes as a product of overlap between the tradition and rapid urban development in the 2nd half of 20th century. This interesting mixture and contrast is what gives this city its unique characteristics. As consequence, although technologically developed and highly urbanised, Seoul's urban fabric and life-style heavily rely on human scale and call it the software of the urban and as its main shaping force. It is very interesting to examine how the software and human, community & social aspects of everyday life, rather than hardware of the city and built environment itself, drives the evolution of Seoul to such high degree.
Investigating the mentioned software component of the city, looking at the lowest level elements in urban fabrication and the people. We looked at the formation of urbanism and architecture on the level of local communities, mapping the social data and behavioural patterns of users, with goal of establishing a feedback-loop between social parameters and design outcomes.
We approached this topic from aspect of social interaction and implication they have on the built environment and vice versa, as well as from a computational/algorithmic aspect of producing a toolset for generation and simulation of resulting designs.
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