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  • Four most recommended programs at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

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  • 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism will be held in Seoul starting on September 2nd. As a large global event with over 16,200 participants from 50 cities, 40 universities and 120 organizations worldwide, it has a great diversity of programs. Among these programs, we would like to introduce the four most suitable programs to visitors.

    Variety of free dinner meals at Biennale Cafeteria every Saturday

    Variety of free dinner meals at Biennale Cafeteria every Saturday

    The Biennale Cafeteria and Coffee Shop will be set up as part of a field project called “Food City” at Donuimun Museum Village, one of the main exhibit venues of the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. At the Biennale Cafeteria, “Thali,” the official menu of the event, will be sold for the duration of the Biennale, and exhibits on various food and water shortage issues worldwide will also be available.

    Led by four to five of the best chefs from Eden in Chennai, India, the Biennale Cafeteria will be run as a non-profit restaurant, all of whose profits minus labor costs and operating expenses are to be donated to environment and human rights groups.

    The official menu at the Biennale Cafeteria is Thali, a colorful platter of food from the Tamil Nadu region in southern India. Like Korea, Tamil Nadu is a region in which people primarily live on rice but, due to expediting climate change and water shortage issues, the region currently faces serious difficulties in farming. This is surely a problem that Korean people will face in the near future as well. Thali was selected as the official menu of the Biennale to start active conversations about the issue.

    Another reason for the selection stems from the fact that Thali falls in line with Korea’s rapidly propagating social phenomenon of “Honbap,” which means to eat alone in Korean, as the meal comprises rice and various side dishes presented on a large platter served for one person. Like this, the Biennale Cafeteria will be a place in which people may come together to discuss and understand issues and problems regarding food. A single meal of Thali is priced at 15,000 KRW at the Biennale Cafeteria.

    Every Saturday, dinner can be enjoyed free of charge at the Biennale Cafeteria. During “Themed Dinners,” people will sit with farmers, botanists, entomologists, agricultural biologists, environmental activists and administrators to discuss current issues related to food over dinner. A variety of cuisine not only from the Middle East and Greece but also made with Korean weeds, wild beans, indigenous food ingredients and vegetables grown by urban farmers will be provided, and chefs will change depending on the theme. To participate, you must fill out a reservation starting two weeks prior to the date of each theme on the Biennale website. The total number of participants will be limited.

    □ Themed Dinners Schedule

    Location: Biennale Cafeteria, Donuimun Museum Village
    Period: 5:00 – 7:00 PM every Saturday from 9/2 (Sat) to 11/4 (Sat)
    * To be held on Saturday and Sunday during the opening week
    ** Theme dinner program on September 30th will be replaced with a lecture starting at 3:30 PM

    Date Name of event Theme Details Reservations in advance
    9/2
    (Sat)
    Afternoon in the Mediterranean
    (Refreshments)
    Water and food crisis in the Middle East and Northern Africa Menu: Middle eastern and Mediterranean desserts and Bedouin tea

    Lecture 1: Salah Soliman (Professor at Department of Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology at Alexandria University Environment Research Institute),
    “Food Crisis in Egypt”
    Lecture 2: Manfred Lange (Scientist, Future Earth) “Water Shortage in the Middle East and Northern Africa”     
    Host: Melina Nicolaides
    Interpreter: Lee Gyeong-hui

    On Biennale website starting on 8/20 (Sun)
    9/3
    (Sun)
    Under the Olive Tree Agriculture coping with climate changes Menu: Greek cuisine 
    Lecture: Nikola Netien
    (Farmer, Assas organic farm)

    “Beyond Sustainability: Climate Change and Permaculture” 

    Host: Melina Nicolaides
    Interpreter: Lee Gyeong-hui
    Cook: Chefs from Santorini, Greek restaurant in Itaewon

    9/16
    (Sat)
    Dinner in the Forest Wild plants, alternative food, soil reclamation Menu: Food made of edible weeds    
    Lecture: Kang Byung-hwa (botanist)
    “Weeds as Food Resources and Soil Reclamation”
    Host: Yu Hui-jeong (President, Weeds School)
    On Biennale website starting on
    9/2 (Sat)
    9/23
    (Sat)
    Tofu Summit Beans, food resources, GMO Menu: Korean, Chinese and Japanese tofu dishes and wild beans rice

    Invitation lecture: Jeong Gyu-hwa (Professor and agricultural biologist at Chonnam National University)
    “Origin of Beans and Wild Beans as Genetic Resources”
    Host: Song Ho-jun

    On Biennale website starting on
    9/9 (Sat)
    10/7
    (Sat)
    Spam Heaven Food culture of the U.S. Army and Asia Menu: Okinawa Onigiri, Uijeongbu Budae-jjigae, Filipino pineapple fried rice, Seongju oriental melons
    Lecture: Park Gyeong-beom (farmer)
    “Honeybees, Oriental Melons and THAAD"
    Host: Yun Su-yeon & Matthew Hines (officer of the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea)
    On Biennale website starting on
    9/23 (Sat)
    10/14
    (Sat)
    Herbivorous Man and Woman Vegetarian diet and urban farming Menu: Food made of agricultural products from Seoul
    Lecture: Song Im-bong (Manager, Urban Farming Department, City of Seoul) 
    “Farmers of Seoul”
    Host: Choi Mi-hyang (urban farmer)
    On Biennale website starting on
    9/30 (Sat)
    10/21
    (Sat)
    Multinational Dinner Multinational food industry Menu: Food made with imported ingredients purchased in Seoul

    Lecture: Amita Baviskar
    (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)
    “Consuming Citizens: Centering on the Propagation of Maggi Noodle, Indian Instant Ramen”
    Host: Rathi Jafer (Director, InKo Center) & Song Ho-jun
    Interpreter: Lee Gyeong-hui

    On Biennale website starting on
    10/7 (Sat)
    10/28
    (Sat)
    Indigenous Party Species independence and biodiversity Menu: Food made with Korea’s indigenous agricultural products 
    Lecture: Choi Yun-gyeong (Seed Library, Gangdong-gu)
    “Urban Farming for Preservation of Seeds”
    On Biennale website starting on
    10/14 (Sat)
    11/4
    (Sat)
    Sleep and Eat without Paying Food wastes Menu: Food made from all leftover ingredients stored in the refrigerators of the Biennale Cafeteria prior to the closing of the event
    Cook: Cooking team from Eden and Food City planning team
    On Biennale website starting on
    10/21 (Sat)

    Sharing City Seoul through “Sharing City Seoul Tour”

    “Sharing City Seoul Tour” through which the value of sharing may be experienced will be held throughout Seoul.

    A themed tour program for citizens as a part of the Seoul Biennale, “Sharing City Seoul Tour” comprises “Sunday tours” that deal with the themes of Food City, Recycled Space, Production City and Sharing Resources in general and “Saturday tours” that talk about the themes of the Biennale in depth.

    Through these tours, people may visit various unique, remarkable places around Seoul to experience and understand the themes of the Seoul Biennale including “Sharing City.”

    Sunday tours
    “Food City Tour” that considers the urban environment, resources and food crisis
    (September 3rd (Sun), October 8th (Sun), Food City exhibit, urban farming field tour, etc.)

    “Recycled Space Tour” that tours recycled underused spaces in the city
    (September 10th (Sun), October 15th (Sun), Explore Mapo Oil Depot, Nanji Art Studio, etc.)

    “Production City Tour” to think about production methods of a future city by visiting production sites in the city center
    (September 17th (Sun), October 22nd (Sun), Explore Gwangjang Market, Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro, etc.)

    “Sharing Resources Tour” to think about sustainable sharing cities
    (September 24th (Sun), October 29th (Sun), Resources recycling vitalization space tour, etc.)

    Sunday tours
    △ Seongbuk-dong Art Commons Tour (September 9th (Sat), October 14th (Sat))
    △ Seongbuk-dong Art Commons Tour (September 9th (Sat), October 14th (Sat))
    △ Tour of the French Embassy in Korea, one of the most famous buildings of Korean modern architecture (October 21st (Sat))

    Registration for participation in each course may be submitted on Seoul Biennale’s official website (http://seoulbiennale.org) up to 2 days prior to the scheduled date for each tour.
    All tours are guided and explained by docents and English docents are available upon request. Tours are subject to cancellation on the day of the event in the event of rain, thunderstorms, heatwave, severe fine dust or other natural disasters.

    <Sharing City Seoul Tour> Schedule and Routes (tentative) * Tour schedule and routes may change.

    Category Themes Date & Time Tour Routes
    Sunday tours Food City 2017.09.03 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) Donuimun Museum Village, City Wall Trail, Hong Nanpa’s House, Dilkusha, Haengchon Gongteo 2 (Neurin Gotgan) , Haengchon Gongteo 3 (Nursery), Haengchon Gongteo 1 (Plant Pharmacy), Dongnimmun Station
    2017.10.08 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) Donuimun Museum Village, City Wall Trail, Hong Nanpa’s House, Dilkusha, Haengchon Gongteo 2 (Neurin Gotgan) , Haengchon Gongteo 3 (Nursery), Haengchon Gongteo 1 (Plant Pharmacy), Dongnimmun Station
    Recycled Space 2017.09.10 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) Donuimun Museum Village, Mapo Oil Reserve Depot, Nanji Art Studio,
    Seoul Energy Dream Center, World Cup Stadium Station
    2017.10.15 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) Donuimun Museum Village, Mapo Oil Reserve Depot, Nanji Art Studio,
    Seoul Energy Dream Center, World Cup Stadium Station
    Production City 2017.09.17 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) DDP, Book Market, Cheonggyecheon, Moto Elastico, Gwangjang Market,
    Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro, Euljiro 4-ga Station
    2017.10.22 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) DDP, Book Market, Cheonggyecheon, Moto Elastico, Gwangjang Market,
    Sewoon Shopping Center, Eulji-ro, Euljiro 4-ga Station
    Common Resources 2017.09.24 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) DDP, Upcycling Plaza, Sewage Science Museum (Water Circulation Theme Park), Janghanpyeong Station
    2017.10.29 (Sun) (14:00~17:00) DDP, Upcycling Plaza, Sewage Science Museum (Water Circulation Theme Park), Janghanpyeong Station
    Saturday tours Seongbuk-
    dong
    (Art Commons)
    2017.09.09 (Sat) (14:00~17:00) Seongbuk Art Booster Station (tentative), Seongbuk-dong Namu, Seongbuk Art Center & Seongbuk 1 Community Security Center, Seonjam 52 & Space Can, Bukjeong Village (Space Ikki, Drawing Space Salgu, Artist Studio, etc.), Seongbuk Dowon (Seongneomeo Jipteo, Haedong Jogyeongteo, Seongbuk Dowon)
    2017.10.14 (Sat) (14:00~17:00) Seongbuk Art Booster Station (tentative), Seongbuk-dong Namu, Seongbuk Art Center & Seongbuk 1 Community Security Center, Seonjam 52 & Space Can, Bukjeong Village (Space Ikki, Drawing Space Salgu, Artist Studio, etc.), Seongbuk Dowon (Site of Seongneomeojip, Site of Haedong Landscaping Co., Ltd., Seongbuk Dowon)
    Seoullo 7017 2017.09.16 (Sat) (14:00~16:00) Seoul Station, Seoullo 7017, Yunseul (public art)
    French Embassy 2017.10.21 (Sat) (14:00~16:00) Seodaemun Station, French Embassy in Korea

    “Walking Playground” Program to Discover the Excitement of Walking

    Walking program in which people walk from Jongno between DDP and Sewoon Shopping Center, Cheonggyecheon and Eulji-ro while playing games and listening to music to experience the excitement of walking will be held from 1 to 5 PM every Sunday for the duration of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The walking program comprises “Brainwave Flaneur” to experience a brain wave monitor, “Musicity” to rediscover the urban landscape while listening to different music at each location, “Playable City,” a creative game played in an urban space, and “Soundlines” created in the city.

    When visiting the container of “Smart Walking City,” a field project located on DDP Design Street, an introduction and detailed guides for the program may be picked up. Also, temporary information desks will be set up in Sewoon Shopping Center, Cheonggyecheon and Seoul City Wall along the walking route.

    WALKING THE COMMONS - EVENT MAP

    ① Brainwave Flaneur
    ② Musicity
    ③ Playable City
    ④ Soundlines
    ⑤ Shared Mobility (Ttareungyi/sharing car)
    ⑥ Exhibitions and info desk
    ZONE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    ZONE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    ZONE 3
    ZONE 1
    ZONE 1, 3, 4
    ZONE 1 DDP Design Street

    ○ Description of programs

    ① Brainwave Flaneur
    Brainwave Flaneur
    • ‣ Analyzing the effects of the walking environment on people through brainwave reactions
    • ○ Details
      - Analyzes people’s brainwave reactions in various walking environments of Seoul
      - Expresses the effects of urban landscape on people in temporal and spatial data
    ② Musicity
    Musicity
    • ‣ Rediscovering urban landscape through music composed for the place
    • ○ Details
      - Enjoying music composed for seven different locations including DDP, Sewoon Shopping Center, Seoullo 7017, etc. on a smartphone application (10/5~11/5)
    ③ Playable City
    Musicity
    • ‣ Creative game played in an urban space
    • ○ Details
      - Materializes a city game with artists using technology
      - Offers interactive programs as projects using media, sensors, etc. in Cheonggyecheon near Sewoon Shopping Center (10/27~29)
    ④ Soundlines
    Soundlines
    • ‣ Providing an auditory experience interacting with data of the urban environment
    • ○ Details
      - Produces algorithmic music by digitizing the environment data on-site
      - Experiences sound that changes while interacting with data through an application

    Ride around Biennale on Ttareungyi, Shared Bicycle

    Many exhibition spaces throughout Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism may be visited and enjoyed on Ttareungyi from October 28th to 29th. Ttareungyi stops will be set up near Donuimun Museum Village, DDP, Sewoon Shopping Center and Seoullo 7017 and can be accessed from 10 am to 6 pm.

    Ride around Biennale on Ttareungyi, Shared Bicycle

    Exhibition halls iconExhibition halls Exhibition halls iconBrainwave Flaneur Musicity iconMusicity icon Playable City cionPlayable City icon Soundlines

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