I’m often struck by the commitment other places in the world make toward providing a better life for the coming generations. Though not a school, the Yuseong Youth Center in Daejeon, South Korea, by Urban Agency is a great example of a holistic approach to such a commitment in an urban context.
In doing research for this blog, I’ve become enamored by the Danish culture and the work of the design firms practicing there. Much of the work of Urban Agency is geared toward public-oriented projects that transform and enliven the civic life of their community.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is community centers. Bringing together a sports hall, fitness center, study center, ‘book cafe’, theater, culture center, and conference center, the various elements are interwoven and dynamically arranged to make a vibrant community facility. To quote the architects, “We believe this process creates not only the appropriate context for youth to develop their individual interests but also to allow them communicate among different groups.”
The building entrance is on the northwest corner at a busy street intersection, while more quiet, semi-public areas spill out to the southeast creating a lively urban ‘backyard’ with terraced plazas, amphitheater, and an open-air café that fronts a natural area with a lake and green buffers.
Urban Agency website