- D-94, Seoul Biennale reveals public programs and live projects to be held in Seoul
D-94, Seoul Biennale reveals public programs and live projects to be held in Seoul
- The Seoul Biennale 2017 (Sep. 1 ~ Nov. 5) has announced the main exhibitions and live projects that will be held in Seoul.
- The Seoul Biennale will host various live projects under three themes—Production, Food, and Walking the Commons—at Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro, and other locations throughout Seoul.
- Applications are being accepted throughout the months of June and July from anyone wishing to join the “Neo Manufacturing Workshop,” where participants will build architectural and design models using new robotics technologies with the help of architects.
- The Biennale Café and Restaurant, an eco-friendly café and restaurant that promotes recycling, will be opened in Donuimun Museum Village.
- The Seoul Biennale is expected to offer a wide range of unique experiences, such as measurements of peoples’ brain waves and assessments of the walkability of certain areas, and events, including “Playable City,” which will feature the use of media technologies.
- Free public lectures on urban architecture and other Biennale themes will be held at the DDP every Wednesday and Thursday until the Seoul Biennale opening ceremony.
□ The Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017, a global academic forum and exhibition that promotes creative ways to address urban problems will be held in just three months under the theme “Imminent Commons.”
○ With participants from over 50 cities, 30 universities, including Seoul National University, MIT, and Keio University, and more than 120 related organizations, including the British Council, European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), and InKo Centre (Korean cultural center in India), the Seoul Biennale will be held over a period of 66 days from September 1 (Fri.) to November 5 (Sun.) throughout Seoul in locations such as Donuimun Museum Village and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).
□ The Seoul Biennale will present a new paradigm in urban architecture through two main exhibitions: the “Thematic Exhibition” (Donuimun Museum Village), which will present the works of over 40 teams from 24 countries under the theme “Imminent Commons,” and the “Cities Exhibition” (Dongdaemun Design Plaza), which plans to showcase the public projects of over 50 major cities around the world, including Beijing, London, and Vienna, giving viewers the opportunity to explore the common values that cities promote.
Live Projects: various projects carried out under the themes of Production, Food, and Walking the Commons at Sewoon Shopping Center and other locations in Seoul
□ In addition to the two main exhibitions, the Biennale will also feature “Live Projects Seoul,” which involves various experimental programs carried out throughout Sharing City Seoul, in places such as the Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro Tool Shopping Center, and Changsin-dong Sewing Workshop. Open to the public free of charge, these projects will allow visitors to experience the urban policies of the present and the future from the point of view of the public.
□ The program for Live Projects Seoul consists of three main projects: ① Production City (urban manufacturing), ② Food City (water and food), and ③ Walking the Commons (walkable environment).
□ Consisting of various exhibitions and workshops, “Production City” is a project that highlights the manufacturing sites in Seoul and allows people to discover new potential for urban manufacturing with a view to creating a sustainable city.
○ The “Neo Manufacturing Workshops” are events designed for architects, creators, engineers, and members of the general public that will be held in the Sewoon Shopping Center and Eulji-ro area. By applying new technologies to existing manufacturing processes, participants will create architectural and design models. Workshops for experts will be held in July and August, while workshops for visitors will be held in September and October. The final products created by the workshop participants will be exhibited at the Seoul Biennale.
□ “Food City” is a project designed to inform people about various issues related to the urban environment, resources, and food, such as water shortages, urban farming, and disposable products, and guide them in experimenting with various solutions to such issues. The Biennale Café and Restaurant, which is scheduled to open in Donuimun Museum Village during the Seoul Biennale, is part of the Food City Project.
○ At the café, only 100-percent eco-friendly and recycled products, such as bamboo pulp cups and bamboo straws, will be used, rather than disposable cups and straws. Bedouin tea (which is ideal for regions that suffer from water shortages), honey tea (made with honey produced by urban beekeepers), and apple bread (baked using solar energy) are a few of the items on the menu, sending a clear message about the environment.
○ The restaurant will offer thematic dinner programs, encompassing cooking classes, tasting sessions, and discussions about food based on weekly themes, such as “The Human Body and Organic Produce,” “Food, Distribution, and Recycling,” and “Climate Change and Natural Farming Techniques.”
□ “Walking the Commons” is a project that aims to highlight Seoul’s vision of becoming a walkable city. The programs of this project include experiences of shared transportation (Seoul Bike and Nanum Car), “Brainwave Flaneur,” and “Playable City,” which will be held in the Donuimun, Jong-ro, Eulji-ro, Sewoon Shopping Center, and DDP areas.
○ “Brainwave Flaneur” is a program where participants will be able to have their stress levels assessed based on measurements of their brain waves and discuss the types of paths they enjoy walking on the most.
○ “Playable City,” to be held jointly with the British Council Korea, will give visitors the rare opportunity to cast existing areas in Seoul, such as the Sewoon Shopping Center and Cheonggyecheon, in a different light using various media technologies, including lighting, sensors, and interactive games.
□ In addition, various public programs will be held, including: International Studio, Sharing Library, film screenings, tours, and lectures and workshops.
○ International Studio: a program that will bring Korean and foreign undergraduate and graduate students together to conduct joint design research projects under the theme of the Seoul Biennale
○ Sharing Library: a program that will offer various print and visual materials about urbanism and architecture that have been designed to help people gain a better understanding of the Seoul Biennale
○ Film screenings: screenings of over 30 films and documentaries about urban spaces and resource sharing at the Seoul History Museum and Art House Momo
○ Tour program: docent tours of four areas (Donuimun Museum Village, DDP Exhibition Hall, Sewoon Shopping Center area, and Dongdaemun and Changsin-dong area) and “Sharing City Seoul Tours” based on 10 different themes, including urban farming and modern urban architectural regeneration.
Free public lectures related to urban architecture and the theme of the Seoul Biennale to be held at the DDP every Wednesday and Thursday until the opening of the Biennale
□ For those looking to get a taste of the Seoul Biennale in advance, free public lectures will be held every Wednesday and Thursday. These lectures will be largely divided into two categories: “Culture Classes,” for those interested in more accessible lectures on architecture and urbanism, and “Thematic Classes,” which will cover the themes of the Seoul Biennale.
○ The free public lectures will be held in Academy Hall (third floor of the Design Lab). Anyone interested in attending the lectures should make reservations via Naver Booking (https://booking.naver.com/booking/5/bizes/78417?area=bns).
□ “I hope that the Seoul Biennale comes to serve as a platform through which members of the general public and experts in various fields can come together and discuss urban architecture in Seoul,” remarked Bae Hyung-min, the Korean executive director of the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017 and professor at the University of Seoul. He continued, saying, “We will do our best to make thorough preparations for the Live Projects, in particular, so that young visitors participating in the programs in Donuimun, the Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro, and Dongdaemun are able to discover new possibilities for Sharing City Seoul.”
□ Seoul City Architect Kim Young-joon also commented, “Through the Seoul Biennale, Seoul will play a leading role in devising urban architecture agendas by bringing members of the general public and experts together to seek out solutions to the inherent social and political problems that cities face and offering a new vision for the future.”
Overview of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
Using cities as a medium and promoting collaboration among academia, private organizations, and the government, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 aims to spread awareness of Seoul’s urban architecture policies around the world and establish Seoul as the world’s leading city in the area of global urban architecture policy.
○ Establish an identity for urban architecture in Seoul, the global leader in urban architecture policy
○ Provide opportunities to promote Seoul’s architecture and design policies and establish a platform for international exchange
○ Raise awareness of the value of urban governance by increasing public participation and communication
○ Event: Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017 (known as Seoul Biennale)
○ Period: Sept. 1, 2017 (Fri.) - Nov. 5 (Sun.), total of 66 days
− Opening ceremony: Sept. 2, 2017 (Sat.) / Open to the public: Sept. 2 (Sat.) - Nov. 5 (Sun.)
○ Venues: DDP, Donuimun Museum Village, Dongdaemun, Eulji-ro, and other locations in downtown Seoul
○ Theme: Imminent Commons
○ Participants: over 50 cities, 40 organizations, 18 universities, etc.
○ Sponsors: Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Design Foundation
○ Project cost: KRW 55 million (contributions)
○ The “Thematic Exhibition” will have experts in various fields present universal interpretations of the theme of the Biennale.
− Over 40 projects to be showcased under the theme “Imminent Commons” (Donuimun Museum Village)
○ The “Cities Exhibition” will showcase policy experiments that have been conducted in major cities in Korea and around the world.
− Designers from over 50 cities, including Beijing, London, Vienna, Dubai, and Amsterdam, to participate in the exhibition (DDP)
○ “Live Projects” will offer an opportunity for members of the public to learn about and experience Seoul’s urban policies.
− Production City (urban manufacturing), Food City (water, food, etc.), and Walking the Commons (walkable environment)
○ There will also be the opening ceremony, film screenings, tours, forums, and other public participatory programs.
※ Promoted connections with major projects of related offices, headquarters, and bureaus, including the UIA Seoul World Architects Congress (Housing & Architecture Bureau) and Seoul Urban Regeneration Pavilion (Urban Regeneration Headquarters).
Donuimun Museum Village
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
○ June 2015: Seoul Design Foundation newly established the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism Division
○ Dec. 2015: Established a general plan for the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism
○ Mar. 2016: Appointed joint executive directors of the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism (one Korean and one foreigner)
○ Oct. 2016: Established the basic plan for the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017
○ Jan. 2017: Established the promotion plan for the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017
○ Apr. - May 2017: Confirm the designs and installation plans for the exhibits
○ May 2017: Form and operate the taskforce responsible for promoting the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017
○ June - Aug. 2017: Produce and install the exhibits
○ Sept. - Nov. 2017: Hold events for the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 2017
(Project Office: Office for the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, Tel.: 02-2096-0156)
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