The future neighborhood: Citizens as urbanists

aosciado con Teddy Cruz, March- August 2010, At APAP project, Anyang, Korea.

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The project focuses on five districts in Anyang that are suitable for future redevelopment. Preliminary research and documentation of these areas will be developed in collaboration with students of Anyang University. 3D physical models of selected partial areas of each of these districts will emerged from this research and build by students and other stakeholders. These physical models will be the basis for a series of conversations with communities representatives and other actors involved in the redevelopment process. These models will be  further narrativized with voices from the communities, enabling the interpretation of the socioeconomic and cultural value of these existing urban spaces in order to imagine the future neighborhood of Anyang.


1.How to learn from the success of existing spaces before erasing them?
2.How to determine what is valuable to a community besides real estate: memories, life styles, shared spaces, privacy, small markets?
3. How to transform neighborhoods instead of replacing them?
4. How to improve older neighborhoods by incrementally introducing new support infrastructure?
5. How to enable small housing additions and extensions?
6. How to develop the city at different speeds of growth?
7. How to enable the co-existence of diverse housing economies?
8. How to support the mixture of large and small environments?
9. How to include spaces for social and economic entrepreneurship?
10. How to involve communities in urban redevelopment?