Finalist entry by nodo17 for Changdong-Sanggye Start-up and Culture Industry Complex International Competition in Seoul, South Korea.

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To enhance identity and flexibility to future developers and owners, the system is fractally fragmented according to programmatic scales and clusters. Although the Start-up and Culture complex is a big scale project we do not want to lose the feeling of identity of its users. Each housing unit is part of a small cluster of houses, built with prefabricated CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) structures supported over concrete slabs. These collective housing groups range from two story up to five story floors This means clusters ranging from 20 to 80 homes. In turn, the campus in the sky fragments the five towers of 33 stories in smaller buildings ranging from 4 to 9 floors. Next scale level corresponds to each one of the towers and following level is the whole building. Likewise, the proposal is part of a bigger structure of pedestrian connections from Changdong Station to Seoul Arena. Ultimately our proposal is a multi-scalar system based on identity, knowledge transfer and time evolution.


Time evolution.

To allow and enhance interior future transformation, upload and download big products and furniture from start-up companies, an open forklift / lifting platform of 3×7 m. is located in one of the exterior sides of the core. For this reason, offices and apartments are built with prefabricated lightweight wooden structures that could be easily assembled and disassembled. A loading dock is located in level B1 and directly connected to forklift. Loading dock is formed by parking space for medium size trucks, manoeuvre area and storage material area close to lifting platform. For this reason level B1 has a 4,5 m. gauge.

Future transformation is synchronized with building life and activities in order to avoid or minimize as much as possible any conflict. In this regard, new construction work in plots in the sky will be developed without affecting close neighbours. Trucks will park in level B1 close to corresponding tower for unloading materials and construction systems. From storage area all material will be transport to plots in the sky, through the lifting platform. Then, construction work will be executed with prefabricated systems and without requiring any amount of water.

This system for uploading and downloading is suitable not only for construction work but also for moving products, goods and furniture through the whole Start-up and Culture Industry Complex.


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“From Master Plan to Non-Plan. An evolution from conservative to self-organized systems.”

During a fertile period of fifteen years between 1954 and 1959, it was set up a change of paradigm from the conservative models established by the modern movement to self-organized systems. This deep transformation can be explained from two complementary points of view: on the one hand the manifestos that emerged against the closed systems and on the other hand the influences of the scientific theories related to open and complex systems.

Six interdisciplinary manifestos that emerged from biology, chemistry, cybernetic, self-organization will change the direction of the new urbanism: Doorn Manifesto (1954), Open Form Manifesto by Oskar Hansen (1959), the Mobile Urbanism Manifesto by Yona Friedman (1959), the Additive Architecture by Jorn Utzon (1958-1970) and finally the provocative manifesto-experiment “Non-Plan: An Experiment in Freedom” by Paul Barker, Peter Hall, Reyner Banham and Cedric Price.

Written by Manuel Perez Romero, the whole article can be read in:




Klekovaca Tourist Centre by nodo17 group.

Forest Ring have been designed according to evolutionary principles. Our aim is to adapt to current Kozila Ecosystem and at the same time allow flexibility to developers. Forest Ring is a resililent structure able to evolve over time and to adapt to future requirements and changes. Unlike traditional urban planning, evolutionary design works with time as one of its most important tools. Time, change and evolution are three names for the same concept. There is a deep relation between time and creation. As Henri Bergson used to say duration lies on creativity.

Most of times, big scale projects, as in the current case, will change over time and probably they will not be constructed as it was originally designed. This changes over time could be traumatic unless you integrate the ability for change and transformation under the design process. This is what evolutionary design is for.

Evolutionary design requires a holistic approach to urban design. Probably it is the only way to face the complexity of a long process over time. So many are the layers of complexity as the duration of urban development over the years. In this regard, our first objective is to set up the tools required to work with time and evolution.

Our first reference is the current Kozila Ecosystem. It is a highly complex structure able to evolve and adapt over time. We need to learn from it and try to synchronize our design with it. From the seasonal changes to the tree growth, there are many different rythms of time inside Kozila Ecosystem. We know there are many more rythms, but it is neccesarry to reduce them in order to synchronize our design with them. The Forest Ring is a great opportunity to work with time and to integrate with Kozila natural ecosystem. Thus, Forest Ring has been designed according to previous rythms. In other words, Forest Ring is the metronome of the future construction and development of Klekovaca Urban Zone. It set the pace and we need just to follow it.