Topography and Calligraphic Organs of ULSAN ECO Park (Korea)
photo-copy document, ink on Asian paper
25 3/8 x 24 3/8 inches
Park as Five Element Body
graphite, marker, and ink on layered canary tracing paper
48 x 21 inches
In Topography and Calligraphic Organs of ULSAN ECO Park (Korea) and Park as Five Element Body, Confucian philosophic interpretations of five-element theory are applied to landscape design. Five-element theory is a system of Chinese holistic thought, which includes medicine. Organs of the body are in constant interaction and are represented as fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, in cycles of creation and destruction. Chin postulates a non-western ecological park as an entity with functioning organs and users as the circulating energy (chi) of the landscape. The drawings were presented as concepts for an ULSAN ECO Park design group in South Korea in 1996.