theme: annotations about [rendezvous]
- a 'rendezous house for separated famillies' at the reconnection of kyeongui railway
at this moment when the 20th century is being concluded, korea is the only divided country on the planet. a decade has already passed since the communist block began to collapse with the german unification and hence, the divided korean peninsula has began to draw attention from the international community. meanwhile, the detente mood promoted by the mt. kumgang tour program initiated by south korea culminated dramatically in the wake of the south-north summit last june. with such great momentum, the experimental but temporary family reunions seemed to turn into a regular family reunion program. as the far-fetched dream of 'family reunion' seems close to being realized, we cannot but be highly exhilarated, while also being embarrassed because of our short-sighted view of the historic challenge. being determined to take such a lucrative opportunity, many opportunistic or clever people do not hesitate to suggest several 'demilitarized zone' [dmz] development or preservation projects, invoking controversies among us; while some move swiftly to suggest developing our northern territory. those people in common argue that the side-effects of our land development projects would not be repeated in the north or dmz area, but their arguments seem to be quite ungrounded or even illogical and therefore, irresponsible. to me, their rhetoric - the monument-oriented ideas prevailing in 1960's - sound regressive or even degenerative, although they champion a 'peace' equivocally. although it may sound like common sense or based on popularism, we need to reflect upon our mentality longitudinally. first of all, at this moment, we need to check if the recovery of our people's community once conquered by the japanese and later liberated but divided should be the most impending challenge overriding any other issue of ours. is this challenge still the foremost mission facing our people? what meaning do our family reunions and national unification have for us and the world as well? does unification provide any utopian solution for us? next, we need to reflect on our mechanic or materialistic mentality which we have pursued so ambitiously thus far. how can we strike a harmony between such new universal values as 'environmental protection', 'preservation' and 'sustainable development', and establishment of a 'family reunion or meeting place' in a dmz area? furthermore, quite naturally, we need to reinterpret our traditional view of land and thereby, apply a new paradigm of land to this competition project. hence, this theme of architecture 'rendezvous' should be materialized not simply as a 'meeting place for separated families' but rather as a macroscopic approach to world/ peninsula/ dmz combined and at the same time a microscopic approach to the meeting tables. in short, you are requested to materialize such a !¸tremendous topic!¹ both macroscopic and microscopic by using the ordinary but unique tectonic ideas.
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