Author(s)Lim, So Yeon, M. Arch Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
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Seoul is a busy metropolitan city. It provides opportunities and excitements for its dwellers. However, its dwellers are also more vulnerable to detrimental stress. Combined with social isolation, it is a significant mortality factor-as serious as heavy smoking or obesity. In Seoul, the social support network level ranked the lowest among OECD countries survey. This is an issue that requires a medical approach. Historically, spaces for treatment have been more than just 'curing machines' within the city. These spaces have been pilgrimage destinations, or a retreat with clean air. More recent approaches are to redefine treatment spaces as the core of local communities or a platform for the larger communities to share common concerns and provide supports. Learning from the precedents, I propose a prescription for the current situation to expose one to alternative modes of living, to nature, and to significantly engage in communities. The destination of this getaway is Jeju island, an agriculture-based scenic island, located between South Korea,Japan, and China. This program will provide a platform for the participants to stay at host houses for four weeks to experience an alternative to urban life. Accommodations and food are provided in exchange for cooperating with local agricultural industries including tangerine farming and horse farming. Due to the geology of the island, its settlements are distributed around its perimeter in clusters. These villages will be the seed level basis for a community building architecture, enabling participants to engage in the social network both with locals and other transplants. These villages are connected by an existing walking trail; this trail will be a key element to facilitate community building at a larger scale and to stitch multiple villages together. The activated and transformed trail will provide the backdrop for shared activities such as concerts, lectures, or flea markets for the city. This thesis explores the creation of spaces that can facilitate community building among the villages by taking advantage of an existing path through architectural interventions.
Thesis: M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2018.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 99).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology