“Seoul: Towards a Meta-City” Exhibition Opens in Berlin

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On Thursday, the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Metropolitan Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the opening of the  ”Seoul: Towards a New City,” in collaboration with the City of Seoul. The city has identified three key objectives to help them strike a balance between restoration and change when moving forward with future development: revival of history, restoration of nature, and renewal of people’s lives. Seven projects that reflect these goals are on display at the exhibition. For more details, continue reading after the break.

PWFERRETTO Propose an “Active Monument” as Seoul’s Seosomun Memorial Park

Memorial Wall. Image Courtesy of PWFERRETTO / ESOU Architects

PWFERRETTO, a practice split between London and Seoul, have won second place in a to design the National Park and Memorial in the Republic of Korea’s capital. In materialising the boundary of the site into an “active monument” that reconnects the forgotten history of the park into “a memorial for the Catholic martyrs who lost their life fighting for their beliefs,” the design hinges around the site’s constant struggle between belonging and being excluded from the city it is a part of. This paradoxical “inclusive / exclusive” premise is the starting point for the designers’ conceptual approach.

“Expansion and Conflict”: 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

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How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political expansion from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia?

The 13th International Docomomo Conference, hosted in Asia for the first time, seeks to explore the powerful complexities of expansion and conflict. Examining the effects of the expansion of a Eurocentric design philosophy into distinctly individual, pre-existing yet violently colonized cultures, the organization declares that “conflict is not necessarily a pejorative but…a challenge for the future.”

KPF’s Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

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Construction is well underway for KPF’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul, however the mysterious appearance of sinkholes in the surrounding area – as reported by CNN - has brought on a slew of safety concerns. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the sinkholes which have appeared in a number of locations around ’s Songpa District, although they have ruled out sewerage as a possibility. To learn more about the bizarre phenomenon putting the 123-story tower under scrutiny, click here.

VOIDWALL / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do,
Area: 136 sqm
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

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Architects:
Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
Area: 721 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

Kyeong Dok Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

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Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Gyeonggi-do,
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Area: 115 sqm
Photographs: Jong Oh Kim

Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea

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In collaboration with client Shinsegae, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a 20,000 square foot roof garden in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  Sitting atop the ninth floor of a twelve story department store, the park acts as a playground for children a cultural center for the community.  The project follows a rising trend: placing green spaces on top of buildings in urban areas to create safe secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species incorporates sculptures by the artist Do-Ho Suh.

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

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Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio‘s proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate agriculture into  by dedicating entire buildings to the cause. To learn more about the tree-like design, check out Fast Company’s article here.

Unfolding House / Jae Heon Jeong

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Architects:
Location: Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South
Design Team: Moonhui LEE
Area: 253 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Soogook Village / op’us architects

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Architects: op’us architects
Location: Busan,
Architect In Charge: Woo Daeseung, Cho Seongki, Kim Hyoungjong
Design Team: Park Youseon, Yang Kunsu, Kim Jongdo, Yun Jongwon, Lee Sangdae, Nam Seongjin, Hwang Seoungho, Kim Huiyeon
Area: 1,056 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

The Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) recently announced an international ideas competition to design the new gymnasium complex for the city of , South Korea.

The objective is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of Dalseong-gun’s citizens by procuring a space for health promotion sports activities, offering the foundations by which to enjoy the benefits of sports, culture welfare, thus building a new gymnasium complex, replacing the small outdated existing one.

Registration closes August 7 and the deadline for submission is September 5. You can find all the details in the competition’s official website.

Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON

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Architects: studio GAON
Location: Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, , South
Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
Design Team: Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Haelee Jung, Joowon Moon
Area: 217 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Inside Korea’s “Crow’s Eye View” – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh

Today, the Korean Peninsula provides a striking example of a post-war polarization: two opposite political and economical systems, constantly presented in contrast/conflict by the global media, that still maintain an intricate, complicated relationship. Architecture’s role in this polarization was instrumental. North sought to represent the aspirations of a new communist nation within a context devastated after the war — a tabula-rasa from which adaptations of modernism could appear. In South , fast economic growth bred a form of modernization that represented the ideals of a globalized world.

These distinct absorptions of modernity, and the relation between the two neighboring nations, are represented in Korea’s Pavilion in an exhibition called Crow’s Eye View, winner of the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale 2014.  The dense exhibition, commissioned and curated by Minsuk Cho together with Hyungmin Pai and Changmo Ahn, used every corner of the pavilion to represent this subject. The curators invited a multidisciplinary group of architects, urbanists, poets, writers, artists, photographers, film-makers, curators and collectors to demonstrate (to best of their availability, since official cooperation with North Korean institutions proved impossible) the architectural intersections and divisions between North and .

Recognized by the judges as “research in action,” Crow’s Eye View provided an invaluable addition to a discourse which has been predominantly carried by Western-centric narratives. And it is precisely this that, according to rumors, made it Koolhaas’ favorite pavilion.

War & Women’s Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

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Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: Mapo-gu, ,
Design Team: Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
Area: 785 sqm
Photographs: Kim Doo-Ho

SAI Playground / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location:Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Design Team: Kim Sung, Kim Taehyeong
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

Roll House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: , South Korea
Design Team: Lee Byungyeup, Hwang Jiae, Park Minjoo
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
Area: 257 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park, Courtesy of