After a few weeks of research concentrating on the historical context between both Koreas, I have begun to make the first few steps to designing the overall framework behind how I would begin approaching the problems that I believe are surrounding the Korean Reunification. Thinking about a architectural intervention on the DMZ or in Panmunjomshouldn’t be interpreted as an abrupt solution where a building is slapped down at a location.
The research surrounding the understanding of the North Korean, and what they would have to learn to successfully assimilate themselves into modern day society was and should be very humbling, whilst the design of the project itself will be hard and radical. This balance led to what I believe is a step towards rooting a proposal firmly into the foundation of reality rather than withering away as just a preposition.
Close in, to Further Out
This article I posted last week highlights how a unified Korea should utilize its own cryptocurrency to tackle many of Korea’s problems when faced with reunification, with one of the most important issues being how it should focus on itself and leave other countries not involved with whatever’s going on inside Korea’s rebuilding process.
One Step at a Time
Earlier today, I posted about the process of how the reunification process would work, where it would require multiple stages, and the design would have to go through an evolution each time, similar to an incubator.
There would be a passport system implemented, where the participants are first carefully selected, and experts/scientists/government officials would keep close watch over how the buildings function, and contemplate which amenities are required.
Transportation and Urban Transformation
This kind of step-by-step system tries to find that balance between taking a risk, but also minimizing that risk. It does not funnel all of Korea’s resources, but more of a project / experiment based on trust. One problem with post-reunification is that North Korea’s lifestyle has been so different from other more modern day societies such as the United States or South Korea, therefore the most logical thing to do is to create a hub where North Koreans can learn about the world, what things they were taught incorrectly, and how the facility begins to essentially un-condition whatever propaganda was jammed into their heads during the lower points in North Korea history.