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10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture

09:30 - 13 January, 2017
10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture, By Yann Caradec from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Yann Caradec from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We experience our cities daily through ordinary acts, whether it’s commuting, looking for a quiet place, having lunch downtown, or even exercising. However, one of the most exceptional ways to experience the different roles of a city's urban space is through traditional festivals, rooted in local cultures presented through different clothing, culinary arts, dances and other arts.

The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

08:00 - 13 January, 2017
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development

In its annual report, the 2016 Tall Building Year in Review, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher. This number surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen of these buildings became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and ten earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.

Daniel Valle Architects Unveils Winning Kindergarten Design for Seoul

12:00 - 10 January, 2017
Daniel Valle Architects Unveils Winning Kindergarten Design for Seoul, Courtesy of Daniel Valle Architects
Courtesy of Daniel Valle Architects

Daniel Valle Architects has been awarded first prize in the public competition to design a kindergarten and senior welfare center in Seoul, South Korea, with its project, Maebong Daycare Center.

Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea

16:00 - 10 December, 2016
Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea, Courtesy of  Office OU
Courtesy of Office OU

Chosen from 81 entries, Toronto-based design firm Office OU has been announced as the winner of South Korea's International Competition for the National Museum Complex Master Plan of the New Administrative City (Sejong City). As a proposed self-sustaining city of 500,000 people, Sejong City will serve as South Korea's administrative city, transferring multiple national government functions from Seoul. The Museum Gardens will amplify the cultural landscape of South Korea's new metropolis. 

Art & Architecture: Korean Artist Jazoo Yang Covers a House Set for Demolition With Her Thumbprints

08:00 - 24 March, 2016
Art & Architecture: Korean Artist Jazoo Yang Covers a House Set for Demolition With Her Thumbprints, © Young-moon Ha
© Young-moon Ha

A few months ago, Korean artist Jazoo Yang completed her most recent piece, titled “Dots: Motgol 66.” The work covered a home set for demolition in the small Korean village of Motgol, Busan with Yang’s thumbprint. Working from October 9th to 29th, for 4-5 hours a day, 3 days a week, “Motgol 66” was the first time Yang was able to realize her project goal, with two previous incidents of homes being demolished early.

NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track

17:00 - 7 March, 2016
NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track, © Grimshaw
© Grimshaw

NOW Architects and Grimshaw have been selected to design "LetsRun Park" - a new home for horseracing in the South Korean city of Yeongcheon. Selected through an international competition by the Korea Racing Authority and International Union of Architects, the team's masterplan calls for new racecourse and equine-themed family park on the 148 hectare site. 

Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul

06:00 - 23 October, 2015
Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul, Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition
Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition

The winners of the Sejongdaero Competition to masterplan the former National Tax Service building site in SeoulKorea have been announced. The competition called for entries that not only addressed the site, but also the underground area of Sejongdaero and the old city area of Seoul. The jury was looking specifically for entries that addressed the many layers of culture and history in the area, promoting a new vision for the future.

Christian de Portzamparc’s House of Dior in Seoul Mirrors Ethereal Clothing Designs

06:00 - 31 August, 2015
Christian de Portzamparc’s House of Dior in Seoul Mirrors Ethereal Clothing Designs, via Dior
via Dior

Architect Christian de Portzamparc has completed construction on the new House of Dior in Seoul, South Korea. The building, which houses designs by Christian Dior, is based off of watercolor paintings and the concept of experimentation with light and shadows.

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk

19:00 - 28 February, 2015
Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk, The Site
The Site

The objective of the "Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk" competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul's "urban-architectural heritage," it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress, Interior View. Image © Studio Origin
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

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