PRINT November 2005


Tom Vanderbilt on urban screens

Viva the façade as computer screen! Viva façades not reflecting light but emanating light—the building as a digital sparkling source of information, not as an abstract glowing source of light! . . . Viva iconography—not carved in stone for eternity but digitally changing for now, so that the inherently dangerous fascist propaganda, for instance, can be temporarily, not eternally, proclaimed!

—Robert Venturi, Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time (2004)

SEOUL DOES NOT possess much of what urban planners refer to as “legibility.” Instead of a compact center with recognizable landmarks and cohesive neighborhood fabrics, it is an aggressively dispersed place filled with tinted commercial towers and legions of cheaply constructed housing blocks erected in the rush to urbanization. As a city that endured numerous invasions only to undergo one of the most explosive periods of urban

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