DMZ Cultural Center

The Role of Shared Space in the Korean Peninsula Crisis

Assistant professor of architecture Jin Young Song analyzes Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Cultural Center’s planning and design strategy.

If we view urban space as a framework of events and memory, conflict infrastructure is inevitably understood as a memorial practice – it either solidifies the conflict or promotes positive associations. Using the mechanism of memorialization, this article examines the function of shared space, namely the built environment that occupies space between the highly conflicted borders of the Korean peninsula. In order to overcome the limitations of two recent inter-Korean projects that focused on economic cooperation, we analyze the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Cultural Center’s planning and design strategy, which is based on the role of shared space contributing to peace and reconciliation.


Jin Young Song, Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture, UB


Journal of Architecture

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