Sewoon is a unique urban manufacturing district in the centre of Seoul, where small factory alleys are interwoven into old and new networks of production. Though intense, decades-long redevelopment discussions have held this area in a state of suspension for a full generation, recent policy shifts toward urban regeneration have created a surge of conflict between the threat of gentrification and local citizens’ hope for a better future.
Sewoon.School, a platform for ‘learning by making’, explores urban manufacturing as a pedagogic tool in the construction of a situated learning platform. Following Jan Herrington and Ron Oliver's instructional design framework for ‘authentic learning environments’ (2000), Sewoon.School is committed to centring embodied knowledge, situated learning, social capital and community of practice. The integrated community of active practice in Sewoon raises questions regarding the place of innovation and the larger societal implications of manufacturing in contemporary city life. How to learn from local craftsmen and treat their factory as a school? How to identify and collect the knowledge most relevant to future generations? In search of answers, Sewoon.School pursues a range of illustrative showcases that construct a new social value chain, opening simultaneously in Seoul and Venice.