May 2011 / Book: The Demilitarized Zone: Redrawing the Border between North and South Korea beyond Tourism

This research project was an attempt to better understand the DMZ beyond the political border, physical barrier, military buffer, and container of biodiversity, and understand its complex spatial operations. After the Korean War, the “38th parallel line” became more fixed in a different form. How and who drew the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) that makes up the DMZ? Why was it constructed? How is it maintained?  With these questions in mind, this Penny White Award study focused its investigation on the current tourism industry flourishing around the DMZ on the South Korean side, and how we can start to read it in a more productive and meaningful way.

This research and publication were funded by Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture's Penny White Project Fund.

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