Friday, April 20, 2012

Inhuman, all too human Seoul

En Francais dans le texte: "If Paris were a recurring hero in series of novels, Seoul would rather be a shapeshifting character, always mutating between two short stories. This might be the very definition of a city: a work of fiction utterly real, but always eluding its authors".

Ever the lazy one, I won't translate more from my essay - in French - on urbanism in Seoul: "Inhuman, all too human Seoul". Atelier des Cahiers published it ("
Seoul: inhumaine, trop humaine") ahead of Monday's roundtable on "Seoul Ville Reelle, Ville Revee" (6 PM at Cafe des Arts - see event details on Facebook).


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Seoul: inhumaine, trop humaine": mon essai sur la ville est en ligne sur l'Atelier des Cahiers. Un peu de non-fiction pour faire un break pendant la campagne electorale. Votez bien dimanche, et si vous etes sur Seoul lundi, ne manquez pas la table ronde sur "Seoul Ville Reelle, Ville Revee" (au Cafe des Arts a 18h - voir details sur Facebook).

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Addendum (plan) 
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Seoul: inhumaine, trop humaine:
Une mégapole, cent villages, mille visages
1) L’industrie du rêve de la ville idéale
- Révolution industrielle du logement : du cycle vertueux à la bulle
- De la grande conso à la mode et aux services, du rêve à la dystopie
2) Une humanité en transition
- Communautés et espaces partagés
- Vie et survie des villages
3) Ville idéale 2.0 et nouvelles utopies
- La fin d’une époque, mais pas encore la fin du rêve immobilier
-De la "ville dure" à la "ville douce"
- De la New Town à l’Human Town, le retour en grâce des villages
Conclusion
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Inhuman, all too human Seoul:
One megapolis, a hundred villages, a thousand faces
1)The industry of a dream - the ideal city
- Industrial revolution of housing: from the virtuous cycle to the bubble
- From mass market products to fashion and services, from utopia to dystopia
2) Humans in transit
- Communities and shared spaces
- Life and survival of villages
3) The Ideal City 2.0 and new utopias
- The end of an era, but not yet the end of the real estate dream
- From "hard city" to "soft city"
- From New Town to Human Town, villages are back in favour
Conclusion

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