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The large living room: public institution

Part 2 Project 2012
Jiyoon Gu
Korea National University of Arts, South Korea
Today, the ability of the city to guarantee the co-existence of its inhabitants is threatened by social segregation, functional differentiation, and spatial fragmentation. This project displays the strategy that negotiate between the integrating and segregating forces and enable people of diverse cultures and lifestyles to connect and interact.

Squat City deals with the increasingly common phenomenon of informal urban development all over the world.

If 'squatting' can be understood as the process of appropriation by which excluded local actors gain access to the territory and resources of a city, then a new type of activism should focus on the strategies and techniques that allow these informal processes to develop in a more inclusive and sustainable way.

Squat City is a platform that supports the self-empowerment of local actors in the informal city. Also, Squat City launches a competition calling for best-practice projects in the fields of architecture and urban design.

The call goes out to projects from the fields of architecture and urban design that are based on or that support bottom-up practices and that encourage the self-empowerment of local actors, and that help formalize and legalize such developments.

Flexible Space does not have to criticize Institutional Space. They can coexist and interact with one another. Flexible Institutions need to Flexible Individuals that become a producer of space, growing from being a consumer of space.

By renovating the mega structure that built in 1960 and using originally existed communities which was made up by squat phenomenon, this project suggests the way of individuals’ producing of public spaces.

Jiyoon Gu


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