Unlike the building forms, technology, and materials of today, the traditional Korean architecture represents an example
of flexible building forms in history. Investigating and studying this type of architecture not only can contribute to the
reform of architectural history by understanding how ordinary buildings change over time and how they interact with
people but also may suggest the possibility of, and methodology for developing long-lasting and sustainable mass
housing in Korea and in Asian cities. The first part of the paper demonstrates the structural, spatial, and functional flexibilities
of traditional Korean architecture. The second part investigates the construction system, including the organization
of builders and the regulations governing the relationship with the residents. Its systematic construction approach
is associated with the specialization of construction and standardization and prefabrication of elements, facilitating the
easy replacement and reuse of building materials. The paper is based on a research methodology of integrating historical
archives and case studies. The main argument posited here is that knowledge and skill of traditional construction
of flexibility suggest conceptual strategies to improve current housing design and construction in order to obtain a
Keywords : Korean architecture, flexibility, construction system.
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