Archinect - News 2014-09-02T15:23:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/101186753/the-mythologically-inspired-shinseon-play-wins-the-first-young-architects-program-seoul The mythologically inspired “Shinseon Play” wins the first Young Architects Program Seoul Justine Testado 2014-06-05T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9eewfgc8qx8eue6.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jang Won Choi, Kyung Min Kwon, and Cheon Kang Park of collaborative team MOON JI BANG recently won the inaugural Young Architects Program Seoul in South Korea with their proposal, "Shinseon Play". The proposal draws inspiration from traditional Korean mythology with features like gently swaying "clouds", a trampoline, and a grassy meadow -- making it an ideal outdoor installation for the summer season.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j27pfmsoe99wugbi.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wxtg6gdveruj7eb2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gf3174cr49f2qpvt.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/shinseon_play_wins_the_first_young_architects_program_seoul/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100533391/details-into-the-korean-peninsula-s-crow-s-eye-view-pavilion-for-the-2014-venice-biennale Details into the Korean Peninsula’s “Crow’s Eye View” pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-05-27T20:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:03:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbzaptp4pvxxxal8.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the Korean Peninsula's response to the 2014 Venice Biennale theme of rediscovering national identity through architecture, the "Crow's Eye View" pavilion explores the divided state of North and South Korea, and extends that discussion to the global state of architecture itself. The multi-themed pavilion uses architecture as a key to discovering new narratives of the peninsula's complex past, present, and future in an architectural and social perspective.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lsgfu7rf8ar1duyg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljsxltsrwa2ljbwn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6p6hs4hummvupbog.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/20n5habmbz0ttqen.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fn1o75dhzlm0kck.jpg"></p><p>Find details of the pavilion on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/details_into_the_korean_peninsulas_crows_eye_view_pavilion_for_the_2014_ven/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100228775/a-rare-look-at-north-korean-architecture-brought-to-you-by-non-koreans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A rare look at North Korean architecture, brought to you by non-Koreans</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100228775/a-rare-look-at-north-korean-architecture-brought-to-you-by-non-koreans A rare look at North Korean architecture, brought to you by non-Koreans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-23T11:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-30T13:09:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/227a4c70c6a3bdc07245be1b120fa882.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Korea pavilion has been a part of the Venice Architecture Biennale since 1993, when the optimism of the post-Berlin Wall era made reunification between North and South Korea seem plausible. But getting equal representation from both Northern and Southern architects &nbsp;in 2014 has proved nearly impossible -- architects from the North would never seek individualized attention for their work, their practice entirely determined by guidelines set in stone by "Kim Jong-il's Architectural Theory".</p><p>Minsuk Cho, principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22821/mass-studies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass Studies</a> in Seoul and the curator of Korea's 2014 pavilion, thought he'd have to give up on the idea of a joint North-South effort when communications with North Korea fizzled out, without explanation. This year's Biennale's theme, <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/koolhaas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014"</a>, is particularly relevant for Korea, considering both North and South remade their political and architectural landscapes after the Korean War, in the midst of mid-century modernism's development and the bi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism Lessons from North Korean urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2ghxpfbpqf6pazaq.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They conceive of urban space as space owned by the public, not space for real estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Much of the North Korean news that reaches the United States reads like tabloid hearsay, as glimpses of a totalitarian dictatorship rife with human rights violations are peeked through <a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-dennis-rodman-happy-birthday-north-korea-20140108,0,4827481.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dennis Rodman</a> and <a href="http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/07/kerry-us-will-not-accept-north-korea-as-a-nuclear-state/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">military showboating</a>. <em><a href="http://www.nknews.org/category/news/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NK News</a></em>, an independent and private news source based in Washington, D.C., is unique to both online journalism and treatment of its subject, in its rigorous and impressively connected focus on North Korean life and policy. Written from sources both in and out of the DPRK, <em>NK News </em>will most certainly get you to think differently about North Korea.</p> <p> In part one of his interview with <a href="http://www.risd.edu/Architecture/Dongwoo_Yim/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dongwoo Yim</a>, founder of the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/praud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRAUD</a> and author of <em>Pyongyang, and Pyongyang After</em>, <em>NK News</em>' Academic / Research Director Gianluca Spezza takes a step back from current politics to ask Yim about the past and future of capital city Pyongyang's urban development. If Korea were to reunify, how would Pyongyang posture itself against Seoul, South Korea's megapolis capital?</p> <p> Most of Nor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89000477/h-architecture-s-winning-proposal-for-the-sejong-public-housing-development H Architecture’s winning proposal for the Sejong Public Housing Development Justine Testado 2013-12-16T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T22:01:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2x1bvvv6kdhherg.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based H Architecture sent us their winning proposal for the Sejong 2-2 M2 Block Public Housing Development competition. In celebrating its 50-year apartment building history, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation opened a call for ideas for its new 77,000m2 housing development in Sejong City, South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6679589/h-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H Architecture</a>'s proposal -- done in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a> -- revolves around an open, versatile "not-to-define" concept as a response to the typical rigid approach of public housing design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzzm5afrkw9v4qru.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8gi1ckuvnmdi6rt.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73y4650muptofgl1.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iuayg9fzcg2hgfpk.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87395137/grimshaw-completes-the-nature-inspired-ecorium-their-first-project-in-asia Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia Justine Testado 2013-11-25T20:14:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr6uvm9jxizutl6l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> recently announced the completion of the Ecorium at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea -- making this the firm's first project in Asia.</p> <p> The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the Earth's ecosystems all in one place.</p> <p> Below are more details on the project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qc100pa9b7xl97w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea&rsquo;s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world&rsquo;s diverse ecosystems. Grimshaw&rsquo;s New York studio was appointed by Samsung Construction and worked alongside Samoo Architects and Engineers.</p> <p> The project concept is inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river. The masterplan guides the visitor flow through a series of botanical gardens and into Ecorium."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh4gxwe7mmyd7us2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Visitors travel through five biomes, seeing, hearing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86067567/rem-koolhaas-ai-weiwei-superflex-and-others-take-part-in-gwangju-folly-project Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c46hqurusry6n75v.jpg" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/folly/intro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/intro/greeting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_massacre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65615124/a-city-for-books-and-architecture-in-south-korea A City for Books and Architecture in South Korea Places Journal 2013-01-16T11:21:00-05:00 >2013-01-16T11:22:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p1/p1cxt29ejltzn9hb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I first heard of Paju Bookcity, I imagined a bibliophilic paradise of human-scaled buildings with legible facades nestled side-by-side like volumes on a shelf. When I traveled to the real Paju Bookcity, I found an industrial estate created by companies related to all aspects of book manufacturing, sited north of Seoul in the marshes near the Demilitarized Zone. But if Bookcity is not the fairy tale I envisioned, it is a kind of Cinderella story: this is the industrial park remade.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Shannon Mattern explores the ongoing remaking of Bookcity &mdash; which seeks to reinvent invent Korean publishing, architecture and urban planning &mdash; in the digital era.</p>