Symposium examines intersection of disciplines in new South Korean district
Internationally renowned designers, developers, and dignitaries converged in Ithaca on April 3 to examine the recently constructed master-planned business district located in Incheon, South Korea. The symposium, “Songdo IBD: New-City Development in the Korean Peninsula,” was the fifth in AAP’s Case Studies in Urban Development (CSUD) series.
“We focused on Incheon precisely because it is emblematic of the recent cultural and economic transformation of the Korean Peninsula and East Asia,” says associate professor of architecture and CSUD project director Milton Curry (B.Arch. ’88). “The transformation bears the historical marks of imperialism, colonialism, liberation, and the onslaught of modernization, and Songdo embraces this complex national history of Korea and its transformation into a modern country, while projecting a new future.”
Featured speakers included Hyun-Kil Choi, vice commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone; James von Klemperer, principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox and leader of the team which oversaw master-planning, design, and construction for most of the project; and John B. Hynes III, CEO and managing partner of Boston Global Investors, a major partner with Gale International, developer and financial backer of the project. An exhibition in John Hartell Gallery featured models, plans, and information about the numerous international companies that played a role in the city’s development.
The symposium examined the processes of creating assets and cultural value from real property; managing financial, governmental, and cultural forces and resources in the development process; implications of “new-city” development in changing the professional practices of architecture, landscape architecture, and real estate finance/development; the role of art and visual culture in urban development; and the role of economic and social systems in the development process.
“This year's subject, perhaps more than any prior year, highlighted the need for and result that can be achieved by interdisciplinary collaboration,” says Matthew Witte (B.Arch. ’79), who provides funding for the series.
CSUD provides students, faculty, and practitioners with the opportunity to learn from international examples of successful building projects that exemplify interdisciplinary approaches to successful urban development and design. Previous CSUD conferences featured Seattle, London, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
“CSUD is the university’s premiere showcase of interdisciplinary integration vis-à-vis urban issues,” says Curry.