Towards a Greater [W]hole: Understanding Form in the City's Psyche
Master of Architecture
This thesis investigates the part-to-whole relationship in architectural and urban design, and the dialectic that exists between the conceptual and the perceptual in the built environment. Working with Gestalt principles and traditional architectural conventions, this projects seeks a greater understanding of how basic graphic relationships enhance our perception of the built environment, in order to find new ways in which architecture can respond to the contemporary city. This project is located in Seoul, Korea, a city currently lacking a contemporary architectural identity. It is a city of multiplicity but no coherence, and this thesis seeks to understand how the dynamic relationship between parts in the built environment can encourage greater unity at the scale of architecture and the city.
Architecture; Gestalt psychology; Museums; Urban design; Seoul (South Korea)