- [Press] This fall, Seoul is the global hub of architecture
This fall, Seoul is the global hub of architecture
[The Korea Joonang Daily]
Experts ascend on Seoul
The International Union of Architects is the world’s biggest body of architects, and its triennial event is considered the most prestigious architectural event in the world. From Sept. 3 to 7, the “UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress” will take place at COEX in southern Seoul, and the organization’s general assembly will be held at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in central Seoul from Sept. 7 to 10.
Kicked off in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA World Congress is the premiere forum for those interested in architecture led by the most prominent architects around the globe. The theme of this year’s congress is “Soul of City.”
“Only a living creature owns a soul,” according to the organizers of the event. “And a body without a soul is only a corpse. 2017’s theme therefore projects our strong commitment and determination to acknowledging the importance of having souls dissolved in architecture and cities we live in.”
Starting with the opening ceremony on the morning of Sept. 4, the congress and the general assembly include keynote speeches and forums featuring professional architects, pavilion sessions by students and young architects, exhibitions and social gatherings for architects from all walks of life.
The last three days of the gathering feature a general assembly at the DDP. The panel of speakers includes: Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects Patrik Schumacher, architect Dominique Perrault, architect Cho Min-suk and Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports in Thailand.
The event seeks to delve into the five realms of urban architecture for reviving the soul of the city - culture, future, nature, passion and human values.
The UIA 2017 Seoul will run through Sept. 3 to 10. COEX is located in southern Seoul, Samseong station, line No. 2. DDP is located at the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station, line Nos. 2, 4 and 5. For more information, visit www.uia2017seoul.org or call (02) 6288-6349.