Korean Reunification - Planning Process - Diploma Thesis
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) / Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Nominated for BDA-SARP-AWARD 2013

While on a global scale there is an increase of cross-linkages and growing cooperation, some scars of history are not willing to cure and depict unscalable barriers. The division of Korean Peninsula, a scar from the Cold War era, resulted in one of the most secured borders worldwide. Most recent disclosures give some reason to hope for more approximation between the two staates, however, the situation in Korea is still tensed up and uncertain.
Within the younger generations of South Koreans there is an increase of becoming reconciled with the current situation. Korean reunification is first of all associated with economic burden and exposure of prosperity. A lack of perspectives besides political ideologies might be one reason for these negative perception.
The vision for a reunited Korea shall outline unknown potentials and shall give a new perspective in regard to unification; for South Koreans in particular.
While focus of this thesis is the regional strategy for the border region along the DMZ and a deepened analysis of the border town Kaesong, a general principle for the entire peninsula is outlined.
The examination of spatial dimension of social values within the design process played an essential role. The spatial reunification is therefore based on the creation of "unified space".
This kind of "unified space" will be manifested within the old/new common Korean capital Kaesong; for the implication of central state government functions within the urban fabric in particular.
Taking common values and their spatial analogy seriously, the reputed in-between-space / left-over-space / outer-space will be the nucleus and catalyst of Korean Reunification.

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