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Tomorrow City_ by Hujala Miina

Tomorrow City_ by Hujala Miina

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a small essay about a future city housing project in the free economic zone in Incheon South Korea, a crital survey and case stydy.
a small essay about a future city housing project in the free economic zone in Incheon South Korea, a crital survey and case stydy.

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UnderstandingtheCity-esseeMiinaHujala21.3.2009
 Acasestudy:Tomorrowcity:StillBornUtopias
“5storytallaugmentedarchitectureonthesideofanultramodernbuildinginthenewInternationalFreeEnterpriseZone,Incheon.”
http://eng.ifez.go.kr/menu02/development.asp
“TomorrowCityoffervisitorsaninteractiveexperienceofwhatlifewillbelikein“ubiquitous”Incheonintheyear2020.TomorrowCitynotonlyhasafuturisticinteriorbutthereisaninteractive3-Dliveshowwhereanimatedcharactersarebroughttolifeonascreenthatcommunicateswithvisitorsinrealtime.Visitorswillalsohaveachancetoglimpse“U-City,”whichwillbeequippedwithintelligentbusstops,streetlightsandpedestriancrosswalks.”
IhaveneverbeentoDubaibutwhatIhavereadaboutitalwaysstandsasaexampleofanutopiancitystructurewhichhasbeenbasedonprospectivedevelopment,hugeplansandinvestmentcapitalcreatedonadesert,literallyalmostmiddleofnowhere.Thiskindofprocessisnotnewinawaythatpowerstructureshavealwaysbeenmanifestedthruarchitecture,buildingsandplaces.OneexampleofthiskindofmoderncityutopiathatmaterializessomekindsofidealisticundercurrentsofcapitalisticsocietyisTomorrowcityinIncheon,SouthKorea.TothisbuildingsiteoffuturecityspaceIwastakenbyaKoreanmediaartistJinsukSuhthatlikemanyKoreanmediaartistsbasesherworkontheuseofnewtechnicalequipmentandmaterials.Thisnon-criticalrelyingonsoftwaresandothergigjetsandgadgetsismetaphorandaexampleoftheideologiesofsomethingthatissetonSouthKoreaandperhapsAsianideologyofconstantdevelopmentandverybroadbandliberallydrivenbeliefonthedevelopmentandnewtechnologies.Thismanifestsitselfbynotjustintheabilityanddesiretobringforwardthisbigutopiansitesbutinthisco-existenceofsomethingnewandoldconstantlytearingsomethingopenincityspacebuildingnewshoppingareas.Thesamekindofrelyingtoinnovationsandnewtechnologiespersistsandlingersontheartistworks,whichsometimesjustnarratethenoveltyofthetechnologyusedonly.Thispresentedasabackgroundformyexperience,whichIamabouttoanalyseandwritethrough.IncheonisaharbourcityandsiteforthenationsinternationallymostimportantairportanditiscloselyknittothemetropolitanareaofthecapitalSeoul.Incheonhasanidentityofacityoffactoriesandimmigrantworkforces.ItwastheplacewhereifsomewhereothernationalitieslandedandalsoseekedrefugeduringthetimesaroundKoreanWarforinstance.TomorrowcityislocatedataconstructionsiteofSongdourbancitydevelopment,whereonlyfewbuildingsarereadyforvisitorsoruse.Roadsarelaidbutwithoutanystreetlightsand
 
trafficisextraordinaryinexistent,onlycoupleofautomaticgearedHyundai’s(asourown)roamsthestreets.Becausethelandisbeingdiscoveredandgatheredfromtheseabase,theflatplateaulookslikethesurfaceofmoon.Noplantsandaveryindistinctlygrassvegetationcanbeseeninthemiddleofunfinishedglassfrontbuildingblocsthataspiretobeskyscrapersarisingfromthegroundhereandthere.Itseems(andprobablyisso)thattheonlyvisitablestructureisthatwhichentailsafuturecityplanpresentationcalledaTomorrowcity.Anoddlyemptywhite,heightbuilding,whichseemstobeinthemiddleofthesite.AssoonaswearriveIfeelaconstantrepulsiontotheunwelcomingatmospherethataspirestoarticulateotherwisethatofafutureofabetterwayofliving.Wedrivetothealmostemptyparkinglot,andthruescalatorsthosemodernmallconventionalitiesweraisetothefirstlevelastoexplorethiswhiteglassfilledplace,whichseemstohavenovisitorshenceandnofunction.Butthereissomekindoftechnologicalinnovationexhibition,whichislinked,withapresentationofthistomorrowcity.Butitstartsin30minutes-atimeleftforustospendandtrytoovercometheinheritedreactionofsuspectanddislike.Tobringusamusementorperhapsjustasadecorationthereissomesortofrobotswanderingthesite.SmallasR2D2-esquethingtakingsomesortofcontactifwanted-“they”bringforwardtheideaoffimaginedfuturebasedonartificialintelligencevisualisedtroughimaginaryofsci-fiaestheticofsomethingthatisvisiblewithlightjustcoveringeverycorner.Vastemptinessbecomestoresembleanabandonedspaceshiptowhichsomerobotsarestillleftbehindexecutingprogrammedtasksandwanderingthehalls.Anabandonedspaceshipatthisstateislikeanshipwrecklyingonthebottomoftheoceanjustrelicsofthisdesiredandlivedlifestylecanbereadthroughit’sdecorationandspatialformandthefunctions.Butwhyisonerobotlefttoconductaconcertofinvisibleorchestratoprojecteddancingcoupleonthewall.Mindwandersthrutheimaginariesofreminiscenceofsomethingpastluxury.Themindsetleanstowardsaperformanceofthespaceassomethingalreadydeadastillborn,deathatbirthalthoughnotyetfinished.(Mindpuzzlingisalsoimagesofdifferentsortsofpastasandnoodlespresentedinthewallsofthefirstfloor.Withsmalldescriptionsofthehistoriesofthesewheatproducts.)Iunderstandthatthisfloorismeanttobesomesortoffoodandrestaurantdistrictatthisstagejustafewopen,withoutmuchpublic.Sowhatisthisstillborngoingtobe.ThepresentationwhichIgatherfromtheattendingaudienceismainlydirectedtochildren.Wearetakentothetopfloorbyattendingassistantcrewalldressedlikeairplaneattendantsandoversufficientlynumbered.(Whichis-Isuppose-thewayofthecountryasIoncewenttoasupermarket,whichhadmorestaffthanshoppers).Firstwearegiven3Dglasses,whichstillaretheiconforprogressionandnewtechnologyandhaveseemedtosustainitforwellover50years.Throughthemweareshownapresentation,whichisdirectedtothekids.Athalfsquareformationwefollowsomethingonthescreen.Thenarratorisayoungman.AndunabletounderstandthespeechIlookatthemanytricksheisprovingususingthe3Dtechniqueofbringingsomethingcloseinvision.Thisseemstoamusethechildrenandrenderthemsomewhatactiveintakingpartandreactingtothepresenter,whichisitspurposeforsure.Attheendofthis15minutesitisrevealedthatthenarratorisliveandfleshemergingfrombehind.Theexplorationoffuturecityrealitycanbegin.Everyutopiaverbalised/realisedispropagandaforabeliefsystem.Sowhatdoesthispropagandaoffuturecitypresentationconsistof?Firstlyitisalotaboutcontrol.Likealotofcityspace,itiscontrolled.Butthecontroldoesnotlimititselftooutsidealsotheapartmentsarecontrolledfrominsidecamerasandindeedtheindividualitself.Bymonitoringequipmentsettostudythebodyweightandhealthto
 
determinehowmuchonemustexciseandeat.Throughvideositisnarratedthemomentofwakingupcontrolledbybuilt-intechnologyandconsultingdifferenttechnologicaldataonhowtoproceedtheday.Aswellaslivinginthesetowersshouldpromotethesenseofsafety.Onecouldenvisiononeselfasbeingattheparkandsuddenlylosingone’schildfromthevisionbutnottobeafraidtheall-impassivesurveillancesystemfindsandlocatesit.Samethingwascarriedoutinamodeofayetanother3Dpresentationnowsetonaairviewofthecityspace(asmallmodelbuiltwithcardboardandminiaturetrees)ontowhichwasprojected,thrutheseveryinconvenientrobotstyleheadsets,thiscartoonrobberandwewe’reseenhowthissurveillancecatchestherobberimmediatelythruthecharacterofsomewhatdetectivelookingagent.ThisplaysomehowunderlinestheimportanceofthesurveillanceinTomorrowcity.ThesamekindofmindsetthatiscorrespondenttothedystopianBigBrotherofOrwell’s1984abookthatyoucannotleaveoutofthediscussionofutopia.Inwhichthespaceisconstantlymonitoredthroughthisinwallsets.Itisn’tasurprisenordoesitcontradictwithpresentedideathatthemegacompanyofSamsungandalsocarcompaniessponsoredthisshow,sowhatarethesebeforementionedintelligentbusstopsandpedestriancrosswalksbutayetanothermodelofsurveillance.Onavideoitisshownthatifonemightcrossastreetandthenforinstancedogrunsawaytheintelligentbusknowstostopbeforeithitsthepedestriantryingtosafethedog.Noticeableisthatthereisnomentionofthedomesticunconvenialitiesofthetrash,howtheenergyisproducedorhowtheexcrement’saredisposed.Thatjustfitstotheideathatonutopiathereisn’tanydiscomfortthatcan’tbedealedwith.Thethingsthatareleftoutarenotneededtoconsider(inthisutopia).Whatdoestheseutopiaspromoteandforwhomtheyarecreated?Andmoreimportantlywhattheytellaboutthedesiresofliberalcapitalisticidealisesofwhichcorrespondentsmaybefoundinwesternculture,inasametimeunderliningthefactthattheculturalinfluencesarealreadyintertwined.Igottheimpressionthatthisplacewouldaswellfunctionasamuseumoftheideaoftomorrowcity/futurecity.Ithadtheideologyofsomethingthathasalreadyprovedtobeoldfashionedoralreadyrealisedinreality(insomeextent)thusmakingitinsufficientasaplanofthefutureonamodelofthedevelopment,indeeditmindbesothatitprovedtobeinfactsustainerandattachedthesebeliefsystemstoexistingreality.ThereisaplantobuiltInternationalbusinesscentre,151-floorshighlandmarkcitytower,abridge(tolinktoothersisterdevelopments),Yonseiuniversity’sglobalacademiccomplex,anIT-cluster,bioresearchproject,asciencevillage,U-cityprojectwithitsinfrastructureandaneco-cityconstructionproject.ThefactthatthisSongdo-developmentisbeingbuiltonaspacethatiscreatedalmostfromnowhere,practicallyraisingitfromtheseaislikecreatingasortofAtlantismetamorphosedintoreality.IwantedtotakeIconsiderationwhatLefebvresaidabouttheprivatelifebeingcontrolledthrucapitalismorganisedinurbanenvironment,andIthinkinthiskindofutopiandevelopmentthequestionisaboutthatthe‘ideaofprivatelife’thatisbeingcreatedandbasesonthespaceandtechnologyitisbuiltwith.Amodeofactionoutsidethesupportofthestructurebecomesimpossible.Thisisatotalitarianmodel,theequivalentofOrwell’sworldinwherethelanguagewasbeingmouldedsothatonecouldnotsaythingsthatwereagainstthe“truth”;languagewasbeingconstructedsothattherewouldbenowordstoexpress(orintheendeventhink)thoughtsthatwouldjuxtaposetheomnipresentstructuralbeliefsystem.Inawaythiskindofdevelopmentsimulatesthismodel.Itisaspaceinwhichyoucannotdootherthingsasthosethatitwascreated.Itrendersrevoltimpossible,thereisnospaceforexperimentingsinceeveryactionyoumayconductinthespaceiscontrolledandplanned.

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