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Losing Less, Giving More

Sustainism as the new Zeitgeist! One year and 8 months have passed since the Myongji University’s consortium research institute. Many people have participated and put in efforts together in order to complete the construction of the net zero source energy habitation complex, the first one ever built in Korea, in a way that reflects the four philosophies of Happy People, Town for Getting Together, Pleasant Environment and Warm Buildings.

Despite the short period, it was possible to design a detached house of net zero source energy promptly near the Golmaeul neighborhood park adjacent to the validation complex in Hagye-dong, Nowon-gu. After that, the house was reviewed by the City Park Review Committee of Seoul Metropolitan Government and constructed finally on 25th November, 2014. From the design to the current stage, the house has been used as a space for communication among researchers, designers, constructors and administrators, making it possible for it to be utilized also as a space for exchanging design and construction technologies, analyzing strong and weak points of domestic materials and promoting and educating about zero energy.

Additionally, based on the philosophy [Education is today’s action for future], a general undergraduate course for majoring in zero energy architecture in Myongji University was newly opened in January 2015 and there have been continuous efforts made for nurturing talent.

It is hoped that the Korea’s first net zero source energy housing validation complex would be a precedent for suggesting a prototype of a future habitation complex, showing its global status and establishing a strategy for responding to global warming.

Architectures represent the philosophies, economics, societies and technologies of individual eras and are their products and have been positioned as relics in history. However, to our regret, the architectures, cities and houses where we live daily in the 21st century are still evaluated in the 100-year old ideology of modernism of the 20th century.

It should not be ‘Less is More’ anymore and we should go beyond ‘Do More with Less’(1) toward ‘Losing Less, Giving More’(2). We need to recognize Sustainism as a new Zeitgeist

While recognizing comfortability, realizing a zero fossil energy housing complex and a zero energy city will be improving technology, nurturing talent and activating related industries in the 21st century and also playing a critical priming role in achieving goals of the century for the descendants also.

It is hoped that the Korea’s first zero source energy housing validation complex would be a precedent for suggesting a prototype of a zero energy national rental house where people live actually, suggesting a new value of the existence of architectures and housing complexes and showing the global status of Korea in the world and establishing a strategy for responding to global warming.

※ Note : (1) Michiel Schwarz, Joost Elffers, Sustainism, Distributed Art Publishers, 2011 (2) Myoungju Lee, Losing Less, Giving More to create the Greenurban City, 2012, The National Academy of Engineering of Korea