By Inha Jung

even supposing modernization in Korea began greater than a century later than within the West, it has labored as a well known ideology in the course of the earlier century—in specific it has introduced radical alterations in Korean structure and towns. conventional buildings and methods of existence were completely uprooted in modernity’s non-stop negation of the previous. This ebook offers a entire evaluation of architectural improvement and urbanization in Korea in the huge framework of modernization.

Twentieth-century Korean structure and towns shape 3 certain sessions. the 1st, outlined as colonial glossy, happened among the early 20th century and 1945, whilst Western civilization was once transplanted to Korea through Japan, and a contemporary lifestyle, albeit distorted, started taking form. the second one is the so-called developmental dictatorship interval. among 1961 and 1988, the explosive development of city populations ended in large-scale building booms, and designers delved into sleek identification in the course of the locality of conventional structure. The final interval started within the mid-1990s and will be outlined as one in every of modernization payment and a transition to globalization. With urban populations leveling out, urbanization and structure got here to be considered from new perspectives.

Inha Jung, in spite of the fact that, contends that what's extra major is the id of components that experience remained unchanged. Jung identifies continuities which were shaped by way of long-standing relationships among people and their equipped surroundings and, regardless of swift modernization, are nonetheless deeply rooted within the Korean lifestyle. therefore, within the 20th century, regionalism exerted a superb impact on Korean architects. numerous architectural and concrete ideas that Koreans built over an extended interval whereas adapting to the common atmosphere have supplied very important foundations for architects’ works. via exploring those assets, this conscientiously researched and amply illustrated publication makes an unique contribution to defining smooth id in Korea’s structure, housing, and urbanism.

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