Other Lands Recognized in Cheongju New City Hall Competition

Thomas Hogge is visiting assistant professor of Landscape Architecture and principal of the design firm Other Lands (OTH). OTH is a design studio and research-based landscape architecture practice focused on small buildings and big landscapes. The studio aims to change current systems to improve the built environment and ensure equitable futures for multiple publics. OTH works with openness and curiosity, collaborating with clients and allied disciplines to co-create immersive, adaptive, and human-centered landscapes.

OTH was recently recognized with Honorable Mention in the International Competition for Cheongju New City Hall. Thomas Hogge, as lead landscape architect, partnered with team lead JIM Architecture (Vancouver CAN), BAUM Architects (Seoul KOR), ALIVEUS Landscape (Seoul KOR), and WSP (Toronto CAN) to reimagine the civic commons of Cheongju City in South Korea.

The team proposed Urban Regeneration, a horizontally organized campus, to help reinvigorate the streets as vital public spaces and embed new programs into the existing network of city forms and functions. The proposal inverts the spatial form of the Cheongju Castle complex, which once defined the city core, and leverages the porosity and flexibility of the Haengrang, a sort of public gallery, to introduce a new urban arcade as a continuous front porch surrounding quiet and interconnected interior courts. Leveraging the cultural and ecological values of communal reforestation, the project also uses a wild rooftop tree farm to seed a future city that embraces its position between river and mountain, deploying several infrastructural strategies to anticipate ambitious energy and climate scenarios.

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