Archinect - News 2015-11-28T22:32:04-05:00 Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now Justine Testado 2015-11-03T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:23:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Let us turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland,'...Throughout the city, you now encounter the recurring colour schemes of salmon and teal, or pink and baby blue...These new spaces look like they have been assembled from crisp, unreal planes of colour and exude an anaesthetising aesthetic, candy-coloured decoys that distract from a reality of mass poverty across the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="This Wes Anderson-designed bar is retro with a capital R" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Wes Anderson-designed bar is retro with a capital R</a></p><p><a title="Building Wes Anderson's &quot;Grand Budapest Hotel&quot; out of 50,000 Legos" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" out of 50,000 Legos</a></p><p><a title='Christopher Hawthorne reflects on the spatial design in "Citizenfour" and other Oscar nominees' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne reflects on the spatial design in "Citizenfour" and other Oscar nominees</a></p><p><a title="Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></p> Pyonghattan & water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions Alexander Walter 2015-09-14T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:25:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Let us usher in a great golden age of construction,&rdquo; exhorts one of the 310 official patriotic slogans published this year. The ambition is already evident in the number of cranes that dot the skyline [...]. The most prominent structures are the 47-storey shafts of the Changjon Street apartments, an 18-tower complex completed last year in less than 12 months and nicknamed &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; by foreign diplomats. But other emerging skyscrapers go undiscussed and unphotographed [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect and our sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Crow&rsquo;s Eye View&rdquo;, from the 2014 Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, returns as a NY exhibition</a> (Bustler)</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Koreans hesitate to move into Kim Jong Un's shiny, new apartment towers</a></li></ul> As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T13:06:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares in Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more residents are able to afford to buy bicycles. Bicycles are an expensive but increasingly popular mode of transport for many in the country where private car ownership, although on the rise, is still rare. [...] As recently as 2014, cycling was still illegal for women, though the ban was much flouted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons from North Korean urbanism</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What The Future Looks Like To North Koreans Who Have Never Left</a></li></ul> North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T17:34:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea's propaganda machine has spent days promoting a new airport in Pyongyang, showcasing the building's sleek glass walls and espresso stations. But the images, which feature Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, fail to mention that the building's principal designer was likely executed last year because Kim was unhappy with the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the starving population of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korea</a> will likely never going to enjoy the airport's amenities (under the current circumstances), it has shown more direct feedback to other key-interest projects of the supreme despot, like the&nbsp;46-story&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taedong River Apartment Towers</a> which remain unoccupied from floors 20 and up due to frequent power shortages and unreliable elevators.</p> North Koreans hesitate to move into Kim Jong Un's shiny, new apartment towers Alexander Walter 2015-06-03T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T16:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite seeing completion last October, following orders from leader Kim Jong Un, only half of the units of a major apartment complex built near Pyongyang&rsquo;s Taedong River are currently occupied. [...] &ldquo;The elevator runs only during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, so for long spans of time it will be impossible to get to the 40th floor,&rdquo; the source said. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t even a place for people to put their bicycles, which are the most fundamental tools for people&rsquo;s livelihoods.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lessons from North Korean urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:07-05:00 <img src="" 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=",0,4827481.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dennis Rodman</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">military showboating</a>. <em><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dongwoo Yim</a>, founder of the firm <a href="" 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> Kingdom of Kitsch Archinect 2012-12-31T12:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The oversize public monuments and buildings in the capital of North Korea confirm the subservience of the citizen to the state and display the ghastly aesthetic imperatives of totalitarian art.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The WSJ's Eric Gibson reviews the book "Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang," edited by Philipp Meuser, a German architect and architectural historian.</p> North Korea Ryugyong 'Hotel of Doom' may open next year Archinect 2012-11-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A delegation from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, which inspected the building almost 15 years ago, concluded it was beyond repair and its lift shafts crooked. But in 2008 an Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom, which operates a mobile network in North Korea, began equipping the building. Mr Wittwer said the hotel will "partially, probably" open for business next year. But original plans for 3,000 hotel rooms and three revolving restaurants have been greatly scaled back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>