Converging Fragments. Seoul: A Portrait of a 21st Century City


  • Peter Ferreto Seoul National University




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Seoul is a city of discontinuities, a sequence of fragments that collectively converge to form an urban settlement set against a dramatic natural backdrop. At the heart of Seoul’s DNA is absence, or rather the absence of any grid. Unlike its neighboring capitals – Beijing and Tokyo, Seoul is a capital whose urban fabric expands in direct symbiosis with its topography.

How to Cite

Ferreto, P. (2014). Converging Fragments. Seoul: A Portrait of a 21st Century City. Docomomo Journal, (50), 11–15.






Author Biography

Peter Ferreto, Seoul National University

(b. 1972, Manchester, UK). BSc in Architecture, University of Cambridge; MSc in Architecture, University of Liverpool, UK. He worked for several international practices including Odile Decq & Benoit Cornette in Paris, Eric Parry Architects in London and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel where from 2001 to 2007, he was responsible for numerous projects including Caixa Forum Madrid and the Goya Museum in Zaragoza. In 2009 he founded his personal office, PWFERRETTO (, based in Seoul and London. From 2007 to 2009 he was a Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London and now is a full time Assistant Professor at Seoul National University, South Korea.