RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN / PROVIDENCE, RI
REUSE OF EXISTING DIPLOMATIC TENSION
A memorial in South Korea not only commemorates victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army but also as an architectural indicator of ongoing diplomatic tension.
In South Korea, the history of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II has been a major cause of anti-Japanese sentiment, leading to international conflict. How should one proceed with sensitive dialogue without being so delicate that no progress is made? As a response, the intervention begins by reconstructing the lost memory, a recreation of the past Embassy building, through re-using the construction fence, and existing political tension as a building material.