Seuk Hoon Kim was awarded to 2016 Winners of 'The American Architecture Prize'



Since the era of Industrial Revolution, previous communities formed upon specific boundaries of industries, as large units of labor force. However as the development of transportation, technology as well as capitalism went further, the units broke down to smaller pieces into specific families. This resulted to separation and lack of coherency among the people. China is no difference since the economic reform in 1978, which now became the world’s second largest economy by nominal GDP. In order to, again, serve as an active, interactive community, I propose a new vision of mega-block platform adopting and merging related manufacturing industries which engage one another. As an open community, it allows for visitors, investors and local people to engage in as for the members of the community can have self-valuating mind, feeling they belong to the community. This idea can be adaptable in world’s top manufacturing cities regarding various types of industries. In specific within the site, Wuqing District located between Beijing and Tianjin of China, was once traditionally famous for bicycle industry. In promoting the bicycle industry once more, as well as a catalyst for vital community, system of industrial grid with engagement of vierendeel truss is incorporated. This is rescaled up and down adopting various types of bicycle-related programs to form unique spatial moments.


Credit: Seuk Hoon Kim