Seoul Superground Eco Condenser



Conslutation and Exhibition Curated by Manuel Gausa & Young Joon Kim. South Korea 2018


Towards Social Sustainable Landscape Infrastructures
The project proposes to intervene in time more than in space. It focuses on building urban atmospheres by reviving the latent nature and returning to preexisting conditions. This is achieved by injecting a series of hybrid, temporary/permanent and flexible infrastructures in order to promote cultural, sports and productive programs. These tactics reframe the existing mobility network to support multiple uses and function, providing accessibility to new public and collective landscapes. The proposal up to repair existing infrastructures as a eco-sustainable apparatus in order to trigger new social dynamics and environmental conditions. The project distributes a set of social, technological and environmental strategies in order to vitalize the urban land implementing new community micro-economies, alternative production/consumption forms and new ecologies. 

The Environmental Condenser

Self-Sufficient Seoul Green Strip

The intervention reviews the problem of massive infrastructures as urban faults and transforms them into opportunities: the accident, faults or urban interstice that divides now connects; the infrastructure that pollutes now cleans, heals and purifies; the technical apparatus that burdened now recreates managing pleasure and urban wealth; the limits, frontier, border, now intertwines and can set up boundaries as thresholds; the technocrats infrastructure is now a social ground, a common surfaces and invisible support where social, technological and environmental advances take place. Through citizen participation, public consultation, knowledge democratization, cultural-technical production and symbolic capital, the project finds new fiction, new forms of reframing urban life. By this mean, the project crosses three time-laps as a ''storytelling'' collected on site from different characters and ages, and reconstructs the narration based on their desires, frustrations, expectations and conceptually intermingled visions. This method allow to approach to collective aspirations, finding new ways to developed a social cartography.

Performing landscape

Activating public domain through social effervescence

The first phase focuses on activation. It is instantaneous, versatile and flexible, making use of field of expertises, such as the scenographies, set design, production of show and spectacle and temporary or provisional engineering. These technical instruments become demountable systems that shows the programmatic possibilities of the place. This will allow to create a variety of events, ranging from daily sports activities, public scenarios, mobile theaters and a series of devices of ephemeral, instantaneous or automatic architecture. These instantaneous logics will create cultural cartographies, agents of transformation and leadership. This new channels will open space to the community to test configurations that improves participation and public consultation. The instantaneous devices configuration could generate a year of programmable activities, that will support day-to-day dynamics, weekend events, monthly markets or annual festivals. The success of this phase is based on the notions of periodicity, that implements events using time as a relevant resource.

Resources landscapes

Reversing urban sprawls to regenerate affected natural ecosystem

The second phase inserts a technical systems of environmental control and energy management production. This will allow to establish medium and long term sustainability cycles, using the force of environmental phenomena to trigger a recovery of the area. The installation of a management resources systems will allow to use the physical infrastructural conditions to create a source of rethinking protocols. The entire surface of the highway could be used for water collections that will be stored in aerial tanks that, by gravity, can be distributed throughout the intervention, feeding crop areas, vegetable skins, immersive forests and productive landscapes. This technification and instrumentation of the highway, as a large scale operational artifact, will also allow to manage the channeling of the River, in order to produce energy and feed the productive landscapes.

Fictional landscapes

Projecting to near future, possible futures, the ecology of desires

The third phase will consolidate both social force and an artificial intelligence in order to manage energy. The highway will become a complete technological device, as well as a natural system: a eco-lung. This green respirator will return to the city its natural character as a mechanism of environmental preservation, cleansing and purification. A recreational belt that generates knowledge and new social, urban, environmental and technological ecosystems. This phase places its speculation in ''fiction''. It is an extreme perspective from a technical implementations and a vast technological instrumentation, following by a under-control response of the natural world. The possible future will be based on new ecologies and alternative micro-ecosystems. An optimistic and positive vision combine with a dystopian urban scenario, where the technological apparatus takes autonomy and displays an artificial nature. As a result, this scenario get out of control and the domain to the natural is given back. The limits of an environmental regeneration extends to conquer other territories of the city, and connects them in a system of sustainable linear parks. Several lines of variable became the emerging structural development of the urban fabric, where the vitality of the new ecosystem articulates fluidly with the social dynamics using the invisible self-sufficient technical system as a support. The boundaries between the built environment and natural ecosystems are erased in a new hybrid urban condition that uses the city as a operative surface to extend its embers and branches to infiltrate the ecology of desires: circuits of everyday life. The day to day passes without distinctions between landscape and infrastructure, between resources and the consumption systems, between work and leisure. Between the human behavior, social pattern and the becoming machine. The city as a living organism that understands a complex metabolism where humans are no longer the center of the ecosystem and became a part, a component of a network of interactions and subjectivities.


by Manuel Gausa & Young Joon Kim. Actar Publishers