Architalks #21: Back to School: Seoul Studio

This is the 21st installment of the Architalks... "Back to School." 

For years and years, back to school meant literally going back to school. From kindergarten, perhaps even preschool, all the way through the college years, "back to school" is back to school. Now, nearly 10 years removed from formal school, back to school has a different meaning for us. Our 1-year old will begin day-care which is sort of a [back] to school for all of us. This of course frees up a few more hours for us to work on Palo Alto Design Studio projects. But really for the sake of this blog post, I wanted to focus on our desire to get involved in academia and teaching.

A job site poster of the 1km long mega structure that would contain a mix of stores, apartments, and everything else in-between.

A job site poster of the 1km long mega structure that would contain a mix of stores, apartments, and everything else in-between.

A bird's-eye view of the colossal structures. They look almost like boats in the middle of the city sea.

A bird's-eye view of the colossal structures. They look almost like boats in the middle of the city sea.

A rare look inside the upper story apartment circulation halls.

A rare look inside the upper story apartment circulation halls.

I have a sincere nostalgia for architectural design studio and it is my hope to get the opportunity to teach one in the near future. Whenever I've had some free time of late, one of the things I've been focusing on is putting together a design studio syllabus – partly for fun, partly because I'm determined to teach a studio, and partly because I'm just psycho like that. 

The title of our design studio would (will) be, "Seoul Studio: Apartment Living." Korea has developed a pretty unique apartment culture. While to the someone that has less contact with Korea may think 'China, Japan, Korea, aren't they pretty similar?' Korea, actually has a significantly different stance and adaptation on apartment life that fuels and provides shelter for the isolated country. I've lived in several different apartment types and continue to be fascinated by Korean apartment living and how its evolved. 

We start our quarter/semester with case studies on residential living, giving each student in our studio the task of choosing a residential living condition and presenting it to our studio. This will give us a basic understanding of how people live, what we consider shelter, how we make a house a home, etc. I will also give a presentation on Korea and its lifestyle as a primer for our week-long class trip to Seoul where we will visit several different apartment types, supplemented by visits to architects' offices and various other architectural sites including the site for our project, a new apartment tower/complex in the heart of Seoul. 

Once back in the U S of A, the students will dive into formal site analysis and organization, while also beginning massing studies for their apartments. This of course develops into schematic design, a round of critiques by professionals, followed by design development and refinement into the final project. 

Below are pictures of Seoul's Olympic Village for the 1988 Summer Games. They athlete apartments were sold to the public upon finishing the olympics and are still inhabited today. Photos courtesy of KSW Architects.

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You absolutely must check out the other blog posts in this month's topic of "Back to School":

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Back to school!


Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/i-wish-i-were-going-back-to-school/


Matthew Stanfield - FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Designing Back to School


Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: "Back To School"


Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
What Have We Learned? It's Back To School For #ArchiTalks 21


Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
good to go back to school


Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Back to School: Marketing for Architects


Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
4 Tips As You Go Back To School


Cormac Phalen - Cormac Phalen (@archy_type)
Back to School Again


Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
#architalks 21 "back to school"


Michael Riscica - Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Let’s Get Back To (Architect) School …or Work.


brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Back to the Cartography Board


Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Back to School


Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
#ArchiTalks / 15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Architectural Education


Eric Wittman - intern[life] (@rico_w)
getting [schooled] again


Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
What's better than architecture after school?


Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
Back to {Architecture} School


Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Back to School...Suckasssssss


Jared W. Smith - Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)
Back to School...


Adam Denais - Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
[ArchiTalks #21] 10 Things Architecture Students Say Going Back to School


Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Back to School? It Doesn't Stop there for Architects.


Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
10 Things I wish I knew about Architecture School

p.s. Another "creative" way we looked at this topic was thinking about it as a turning your back to school. A few months ago, a Cal Poly alumnus of Kyu's wrote a pretty provocative blog post of her own regarding architecture schooling and the profession. Read all about it here: Dear Cal Poly – You Taught Me Nothing About Architecture

p.p.s. If you read through her whole post, she isn't really turning her back to school at all, especially Cal Poly. :)