The Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism 2021, entitled ‘CROSSROADS, Building the Resilient City’, will attempt to respond to the complexity of the relationships that shape our cities and to the vital time that humanity is currently facing by drafting a manifesto for a more sustainable city.
The Biennale will promote the theme of ‘CROSSROADS’, considering cities and metropolises as spaces of superposition, complex and constructed interactions between inhabitants, buildings, infrastructures, movements, and regulations. Echoing the dynamics of urban planning, the Seoul Biennale 2021 will gather participants representing a broad range of expertise: architects and urban planners, representatives from cities and metropolises, as well as experts in science, engineering, humanities, artists, academics, or students.
The Biennale will take place at various locations across Seoul, including Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture, and Sewoon Plaza, over the course of 46 days from September 16th through October 31st.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of exhibitions at DDP: the ‘Thematic Exhibition’ will display the works of participating artists; the ‘Cities Exhibition’ will present pending issues and public projects in global cities; and the ‘Global Studios’ exhibition will offer a space for research findings from 40 domestic and foreign architectural universities.
The Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture will introduce public projects that show the direction of the urban policies of Seoul and the world's cities in the ‘Seoul Exhibition’ and ‘Guest Cities Exhibition’. In the ‘Live Projects’ that will be held at Sewoon Plaza, literary writers and architects will share their personal experiences in the city together.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government, which hosts the Biennale, commented, “The Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism 2021 will become a platform of communication for cities across the world to explore the future and help build up resilience in cities that have been stagnated by the pandemic.”
Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism 2021: https://seoulbiennale.org/
Seoul Metropolitan Government
Sun Jae Kim
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