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spatial plan within a contemporary milieu : the Republic of Korea Sunoo, Harold Jung Cooke


Spatial Plan within a Contemporary Milieu: The Republic of Korea The intention of this thesis is to develop a spatial plan for an underdeveloped country within the constraints of the current milieu. A three level approach is taken to describe the environment into which the eventual plan must fit. The general theme that runs throughout the three levels is one of a central oriented society. The plan suggests that the most rational location of new development under these constraints is the suburban area of the primate city and that the form of development might best be industrial estates. The first level of analysis deals with centralization trends in contemporary Korea; the country is currently undergoing rapid urbanization. This is most intense in the capital city of Seoul, where there is a centripetal concentration of economic activity as well as population. The second level is an investigation of the Korean government development policy. The First (1961) and Second (1966) Five-Year Plans have given priority to economic efficiency and increasing the industrial-manufacturing sector. The third level, the cultural milieu, offers up an historic precedent as a basis for contemporary society. Examination within this context of the current broad based education system and the structure of government reveal an apparent institutional manifestation of earlier philosophical tenets. The above three levels of investigation are developed in a parallel fashion, coming together in the proposed plan for the Republic of Korea - suburban development of industrial estates near Seoul.

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