[JoongAng Daily] The first city in the world made with smartphones
Architect Tesoc Hah, invited by Venice Biennale
“If you have a smartphone anywhere in the world, you can participate in the design of future cities,” said Tesoc Hah, who exhibited his work “Differential Life Integral City” at the Venice Biennale opening on 29th.
Create a future city with smartphone. It is a virtual city, but the lives of real people are dissolved. Anyone interested can become a citizen of this city. It does not matter where you live, race or gender. It is a work called ‘Differential Living Integrative City’ of architect Tesoc Hah who is co-representative of Iarc Architects. It will be exhibited for three months at the Korean Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, which is opening on the 29th.
The city is characterized by participation by the public. If you want to join, you can download a dedicated application (app) from iPhone and Android phone for free. It is to utilize smart phone which is advanced communication medium as a tool of urban design. Paik Nam-joon, a world-renowned video artist, brings to mind the use of familiar TV as a tool of art creation.
“So far, urban design has been done by architects painting on paper,” he said. “Then there was the problem that the landscape of the city became uniform and did not reflect people’s individual lives.” “Designing a city to participate in a smartphone is the world’s first attempt,” he added.
Q) Please let me know how to participate as a smartphone. “I go to the iPhone app store and the Android phone market and download the app called ‘Integral City’. When you access the app, there are four menus. Among them, ‘Differential Life’, enter information about your life from the menu. How many families are there, what kind of income is it, and what means of transportation is mainly used? There are items that ask about preferences for education, entertainment, business, outdoor activities, and parties. After entering the information, a housing model reflecting individual lifestyle is presented. And is also stored in a web database (DB). If you collect about 4,000 such houses, you will form one residential complex, or city. If you have many participants, you can create multiple cities. "
Q) How do I exhibit at the Venice Biennale? How can I see someone who can not go to the exhibition hall? “Venezia will decorate the exhibition hall with cubic space of 3.8m in length, height and height. The four walls of the exhibition hall and the ceiling and floor are projected to show a stereoscopic view of the city. Here, information from participants around the world is reflected in real time. Visitors will experience the feeling of standing on a new city. You can also see the exhibition works on the internet site (www.integral-city.net) and in the app. In Korea, I will be exhibiting at Incheon International Media Arts Festival from 1st to 30th of next month. "
If you download the app called ‘Integral City’ from your smartphone and enter your personal information, a customized housing model will be presented.
Q) What does it mean when the title of the work is ‘Differential Living Integrative City’? “It means that the differential splits into finer pieces, and the integral splits into larger pieces. I’ve heard a lot in high school math time. It is titled as meaning that it will form an integrated city when the life of a fine person is gathered. In fact, the city of Seoul has been crowded with concrete lives for many years. In old cities, people do not hesitate to know each other well and to reveal an individual’s identity. Think of the days when you lived in houses with nameplates. A community of trust is easily formed in these places. On the other hand, the new city does not reveal its identity by living anonymously. The architecture considering the individual’s life has disappeared and only the apartment complex remained unified. The vacancy of construction was occupied by real estate finance. We want to overcome these limitations through the participation of people in the works.”
Q) Well, what is the city in the work? “A large number of apartments that have replicated monotonous residential units are transformed into colorful residential spaces that reflect individual lifestyles. If you think about the concrete life of people, you can not have the same thing as the old house, the next house and the next house. The appearance of the building will look like a hill or mountain with a jagged surface on the surface instead of a matchbox. The background of the work is Hyundai apartment complex in Apgujeong-dong, Seoul. This is a symbolic space of Kangnam development since the 1970s, and it is also representative as a box-shaped apartment complex. I would like to show the floor space and the number of households to be similar to the current one and what alternatives are possible. "
Choe Jeongdong Reporter