The Third Space

DMZ, Korean Peninsula
by Jan
What happens to a border when its primary aim is no longer premised on reinforcing and policing self-excluding identities? Can the presence of a thickened border condition open up questions of coexistence and cooperation, both within and across species?
This studio is the fifth iteration of a long-term teaching and writing project by Professors Andrew Benjamin and Gerard Reinmuth that takes as its departure point the assertion that buildings are constituted by and form part of a network of relations. The consequence of such a description is that it then allows any one object – the building as object – to be an after-effect of the relations that pertain within a given conjunction. Set against the backdrop of both the Australian bushfires and COVID-19, but set in the DMZ, this studio will examine how thinking between philosophy and architecture can show in what sense a theoretical understanding of the border cannot be separated from its transformation into a locus of design. Working at different scales, students will be asked to develop a series of counter-measures– a project in which design and politics intersect – that explore the possibility of any future at the border. The studio will have students propose a series of counter measures to the logic of the border. These counter measures will emerge from research into the various animal populations that have been flourishing in the DMZ in the absence of human occupation. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Cheorwon, the nature of this site is a rich and important agricultual and rice producing area within the central portions of the DMZ. This region is important habitat and resources to migratory flocks of rare and endangered birds and cranes. It is renowned for the large concentrations of wintering Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes that feed on waste grain in this agricultural landscape as well as other animals. The site faces a very challenging future, With the improving relationship between the DPRK and the ROK, it can be expected that the ROK government will continue to reduce the width of the Civilian Control Zone. The concern then is that further areas of rice field feeding habitat for the animals will be changed to other uses and heavily developed, and disrupting the ecosystem.
My intervention aims to be a small-scale environmental impact and to help preserve and protect the rice paddy fields precious assets. The intent is to use the rice as the main materials that are related to cheorwon to be incorporated into this ecological tourism project. An animal observatory centre situated in the Korean DMZ zone Forested Habitat in order to provide different ways of pursuing the human animal relationship. The project aims to be a small-scale environmental impact in response to the ecological logic, rice straw has been used as the roof materials. Rice is one of the main food crops there. Once the rice has been harvested, the straw is gathered and stacked in the fields to dry, and can be made as a building material. By using recycled materials from the site to be environmentally friendly and cause lower impact on the environment.

Mapping of the habitats of both the animal (Korean Yellow Necked Marten) and the prey, since it is important to find a spot to have a site that links marten and its habitats 24hrs and 12 month period. The habitats that I'm looking into where there are more than 1 habitats intersecting together. 
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