Public residence, authoritarian legacy

Hahm within the solar
The creator, a former professor of structure at Hanyang College, is the chief architect of the metropolitan metropolis of Gwangju.

After Ahn Cheol-soo, chairman of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee, blew up public residences for heads of metropolis governments, consensus started to quickly type to finish official residences as a privilege for some authorities officers. central. After studying a latest collection by JoongAng Ilbo on the topic, which in contrast practices at dwelling and overseas, I am unable to assist however surprise if Korea is mature sufficient to be categorized as a developed nation.

If public residences are actually wanted, they have to be supplied to navy commanders who have to be on 24/7 alert and should transfer rapidly in emergencies. Praetorium – the Latin for battlefield tents for early Roman generals and barracks or fortresses the place emperors keep later – could possibly be the start of the official residence. In Korea, they’re provided not solely to heads of native governments and growth companies, but additionally to judges, prosecutors – and even heads of branches of the Nationwide Intelligence Service (NIS).

Public housing within the areas is the legacy of the authoritarian period, when the president provided residential comfort to staff who had been compelled to work in native areas. In the present day, nevertheless, if you’re not an area resident, you can’t run in native elections for high municipal workplaces. Even for those who dwell in a distant space, you’ll be able to attend conferences just about. Former US Home Speaker Paul Ryan slept on a mattress in his workplace at Longworth Home through the 2015-2019 periods. Given Korea’s outdated use of public residences, the time has come to finish its use.

The daddy of exploiting public housing for monetary acquire is Chief Justice Kim Myeong-su. He sparked public outrage after permitting his son’s household to dwell in his public residence and permitting his daughter-in-law to make use of it for dinner along with her colleagues at a legislation agency. The Chief Justice’s public residence is located within the hills of Hannam-dong, Seoul, overlooking the Han River. The district can also be dwelling to seven different public residences of the Military Chief of Workers (for use because the President-elect’s residence), Minister of Protection, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, Deputy Commander, ROK-US Mixed Forces Command, commander of the Marines, President of the Nationwide Meeting and Minister of Overseas Affairs.

The focus of public housing for elites within the civil service owes a lot to its proximity to the U.S. navy base and the Ministry of Nationwide Protection constructing in Yongsan—and partially due to easy accessibility to the town middle and the numerous parking heaps. property of the state. The situation of public residences for the heads of the legislature and judiciary may be attributed to safety causes, as urged by a set of 54 international missions in Hannam-dong. This isn’t the whole lot. Fourteen of the 24 richest individuals with shares price greater than 1 trillion gained ($793.8 million) dwell there. Many well-known artists additionally reside on the UN Village – the positioning of public residence for Japanese navy officers throughout colonial days – in Hannam-dong. The guard publish on the entrance to the village transforms it right into a fortress.

After Yoon’s presidential workplace is moved to Yongsan subsequent month, a big a part of the district will probably be become a civilian park. It’s time to finish the authoritarian legacy succinctly mirrored within the focus of international missions in Hannam-dong.

Within the West, many former mansions belonging to lords in feudal days have been reborn as civil parks. Eight main parks in London – together with Greenwitch, Hyde and Regent’s Parks and Kensington Gardens – are all royal parks, which had been used as looking grounds or banqueting grounds for British monarchs. The proper to an enormous expanse of land was handed over to the individuals after the institution of the constitutional monarchy within the 18th century. The Tiergarten in Berlin and the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris had been additionally as soon as a part of lords’ estates or a non-public residence of noblemen.

City parks within the West performed a key position in stopping the Industrial Revolution from turning right into a proletarian revolution. However Korean cities lack such a dramatic transformation. The time has come to remodel luxurious public residences into parks or cultural areas. When you add within the area of the Blue Home, Gyeongbok Palace and Gwanghwamun Sq. in central Seoul, it equals nearly half of Hyde Park in London. The park’s Serpentine Galleries have develop into a global level for architectural experimentation over the Pavilion. Why not use the primary constructing of Casa Azul for such functions?

Public workplace holders in Korea should agree. Roman troopers revered Pompey, who lived alone within the praetorium, however cherished Caesar, who shared his tent with them. The leaders of this nation should listen.
Translation by Korea JoongAng Every day workers.

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