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Urban Renewal Through Granularized Utility Generation
Ying Qi Chen
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The Sewoon Sangga is a 3,280-foot building that has undergone continuous programmatic transformations since 1966. Having experienced phases of utopia and dystopia, the building has reached the limits of its capacity to adapt and is under constant threat of demolition. Packed with storage boxes and vendors of obsolete electronic equipment from the 1980s, the building has become a dilapidated monument that mummifies rather than manifests memories. Yet, “if the greatest monuments of architecture are of necessity linked intimately to the city,” as Aldo Rossi suggests, how can this link be rekindled?

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