Symbiotic City by Mina Bae

Seoul developed rapidly during the industrialization in 70-80s of the last century, resulting in diverse living spaces. The global urban cluster and vegetation were, however, not taken into consideration sufficiently during this development – the urban vegetation only makes up 25% of Seoul city (except for mountain areas). Compare to the other cities like New York(18.6spm/person) and London(26.9sqm/person), Seoul provides the green area only 8.48sqm per person. Accordingly the extension of the vegetation area is the important issue for future urban plan in Seoul.

In this project a new typology for urban green systems will be developed, which integrates urban functions, such as living, working, retail and recreation. The interactive relationship between living complexity and natural green objects is emphasized.

As a design approach, symbiotic biological systems are considered. Corals are an example for such systems. The growing strategy of the coral is related to environmental factors, such as temperature-sunlight hours, wind flow and its skeletal matrix complex.

These parameters, which generate the building volume and morphology by extending the sun exposed surface and distorting the green surface angle affected by wind direction, are applied to the urban site field and articulate the global green urban program and circulation patterns.


ClientMina BaeServicesArchitectural VisualizationYear2014Linkwww.minabae.net