Tongyeong Urban Regeneration Competition


Our proposal for the regeneration of the Shina Dockyard in Tongyeong began with the following premise:

Production is the answer, but what’s the question?

Reinvention through production of things (making), of cultural practices (ritual) and through recreation (leisure). These forms of contemporary production underpin the regeneration of the Shina dockyards – regeneration must involve more than big buildings by famous architects. It must engage the people of its place in a way that allows them to be part of the production of their own cultures and cities.

The city of Tongyeong and the SHINA Dockyards is not a blank slate. It is full of opportunity to create links between the recent past of fabrication, making and the skills of a generation building boats and present a future where these skills, cultural practices and optimism for the future are united in a precinct. The precinct will struggle to survive with museums alone; instead it must offer the city a unique experience and opportunity for local people and international visitors alike to be a part of the future through the production of physical things and contemporary cultural practices.

The site is a series of bands that respects the existing structure of the docks, creating places of intensity – the docks themselves – and linear connections between city and foreshore through the spaces between the docks. Those interstitial spaces are an extension of the city – places of unprogrammed urban possibilities offset against intensely programmed proposals/buildings that reuse the docks themselves. Through this structure, the site overall can be seen as a series of cells that can be used ‘on and off’ as part of bigger cultural experiences, like festivals or events, in totality or in parts. Like a piano keyboard, the site can be ‘played’ in a number of different ways, combinations and chords.