Korea Korea : architectural choreography of collateral collisions at the DMZ
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Citation:An, Jimin (2014). Korea Korea : architectural choreography of collateral collisions at the DMZ. Master Thesis Document. An unpublished explanatory document submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3640
The two Koreas have now been separated for the last six decades. In between these two nations lies the Demilitarised Zone. This boundary not only acts as a geophysical barrier, but also as a psychological barrier. Propagandistic threats and military aggressions at this border contributes to driving the two Koreas even further apart. This research project explores an alternative milieu at the DMZ. Rather than being a space that divides and segregates, the project strategises an architecturally choreographed space to allow a more porous physical and psychosocial environment. The methodology involved analyses of texts and existing precedents. Pertinent to these analyses was a continuous process of making that allowed a formal translation of the findings. Space, and the behaviour or movements in response to this space can be calibrated through architecture. The project does not envision utopic dreams of reunification, or aspire to recover the years that are lost, but acknowledges the separation and the differences between the two Koreas in its structure, and generates new perceptions in modes of co-existence within this boundary. [Use of the common heritage of kimjang - the making of kimchi - to enable architectural spaces to set the stage for collaboration in the Korean Demilitarized Zone between North and South Koreans].