Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Professor Francisco Sanin

Honors Reader

Assistant Professor Roger Hubeli

Capstone Major


Capstone College


Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


This thesis poses two questions:

1. What is architecture?
2. How does architecture transform contemporary cities?

To the first question, architectural theories and precedents are researched and examined. For the second, a city was selected as testing ground for the project and the urban analysis and design resolution were produced to argue the validity of Fun-ctional Architecture. This book consists of 6 chapters. The first three argue what role an architectural project should play in the contemporary society by setting up the definition for fun-ctional architecture, outlining the premises, and analyzing the urban conditions in contemporary cities. The last three chapters propose the idea of mega-structure, re-conceptualized, has great potential and contemporary and future cities. An urban project is conceived based on this argument, thus providing the new typology in Seoul, South Korea, the testing ground for Megastructure in East Asian Cities.

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