Book by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, with contributions by Dominique Boudet (Consultant Editor), photo essay by Kang Woon-gu, and conversation with Ellis Woodman. Florian Beigel and the Architecture Research Unit were invited by the Provincial Government of Jeollabukdo, Korea in 2008, along with seven other teams to participate in an international ideas competition to develop urban design proposals for the Saemangeum land reclamation project. Saemangeum Island City comprises a surface area of some 400 km², more than a quater of the area of Greater London (which is approx. 1.570 km²). In late 2008, the design project by ARU / London Metropolitan University was declared one of three winning competition proposals (along with Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Kazuyo Sejima, Director of the 12th Architecture Biennale, has selected the ARU project to be part of the main exhibition in Venice 2010. The urban land-use concept plan begins with a phased landscape infrastructure design of 8 new islands with a highly remarkable solution as to environmental issues. This book offers a unique and timely approach to contemporary urban design research and practice.
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Florian Beigel was born in 1941 in Germany. Diploma in Architecture at Stuttgart University 1968, Master degree at University College in London 1969. As of 1970, own architecture office in London. Professor for Architecture and Director of the Architecture Research Unit at the Department for Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University. Philip Christou was born in 1956 in Canada. Lives and works in the UK since 1980. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees University of Lethbridge, Alberta, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada. Studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London. Research Fellow in the Architecture Research Unit, London Metropolitan University, working with Florian Beigel since1985.
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