Korea's Apartment Mystery
"When French geographer Valerie Gelezeau first came to Seoul in 1990 to research the city's street networks, she was struck by something else looming above her: the unmistakable presence of Seoul's apartments." In a new book, Gelezeau examines these " 'danji' and their complicated relationship with Korea's modernization." The apartments, originally intended to be temporary, have lasted well over 30 years, and cheap construction continues. "I'm wondering if that's connected to a kind of Asian mentality, where Asian cultures have a different conception of time, and would put less value on building materials," says Gelezeau. A Seoul architect instead believes that "Koreans have a lot of money-oriented thoughts...Instead of building for living purposes, apartments are being built for investments."
Thanks to David Gest