Summer 2013, AA Visiting School Seoul
Instructor: Jin Kim, Peter Ferretto
Song Dong Urban Manual
The city of Songdo follows a grid, but the boundary of the grid is ill-defined. This means that the grid is formed only by the streets, but the organization of blocks does not have much relationship to the grid.
This city manual for Songdong - the newly reclaimed satellite city of Seoul - tries to regulate the quantitative relationship between urban zoning, building heights, street width, as well as building program. It is a criticism for the current Songdong, where the craze for phenomenal grandeur produced huge object-like buildings detached to each other.