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  • How to Enjoy the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism

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    The 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism, organized by the city of Seoul, kicks off on September 7, 2019 in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). The Seoul Biennale will be held for 65 days throughout Seoul, in DDP, Donuimun Museum Village, Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture, Sewoon Plaza, and Seoul Museum of History. Celebrating its 2nd anniversary, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism is an international event about cities and architecture, where solutions for cities of different countries are discussed and a variety of programs are operated to discuss cities as spaces to be created and enjoyed by citizens.

    Under the theme, “Collective City,” the Seoul Biennale attempts to provide venues to communicate, where citizens can discuss and share information about various issues in international cities. It also seeks new types of citizen gatherings that can participate in and enjoy the process of socialization and urbanization of each city.

    The opening ceremony will be held on September 7 at DDP with the participation of over 300 people, including Park Won-soon, the Mayor of Seoul. For the festivity of the event for the fields of urbanism and architecture, there will be diverse celebratory performances to add to the amusement, including ▴ a Pyeongyang sword dance, ▴ Jeon Uchi Troupe, ▴ Seoul Hallyang Dance, ▴ Sinbaram Seoul Dance, and more.

    Besides this, there will be colorful events during the first week, including the official event, City Architect Forum, Seoul Architecture Festival, and more.

    September 5 (Thur.) – 8 (Sun.): An official event that is operated by embassies and organized by the culture centers of each nation will take place Seoul Archive Hall (B1) of the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture. Germany, France, and Italy will be participating in this event with ▴ the Berlin session on September 5 at 15:00-16:30, ▴the France session on September 5 at 17:00-19:00, and ▴ the Italy session on September 8 at 15:00-17:00.

    September 6 (Fri.) – 7 (Sat.): The City Architect Forum will be the starting point for architects from different cities to share their experiences and construct a cooperative network. They will share their works in each city with regular citizens.

    The number of participating cities and institutions of the 2019 Seoul Biennale has increased a great deal, compared to that of the 2017 Seoul Biennale, allowing visitors to encounter a diverse array of urban projects and exhibits from around the world. Do not miss the new and fresh works presented by top architects and artists from over 80 cities and 180 institutions across the globe.

    The main exhibitions are the Thematic Exhibition and the Cities Exhibition. In the case of the Thematic Exhibition, specialists from various fields reinterpret the current urban composition under the theme of “collective city.” A total of 43 teams will participate in the exhibition under three sub-themes. The exhibition will take place at the Design Exhibition Hall and Design Pathway in DDP.

    80 cities from 47 countries in Asia, America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania will be participating in the Cities Exhibition. Based on the spatial, temporal, and social elements of the international cities, visitors can watch the collective crystal of cities, better understand the contemporary cities, and get a glimpse at the appearance of the cities in the future. The exhibition is divided into two categories, international cities and sister cities of Seoul, and can be appreciated at the Donuimun Museum Village and Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture.

    Global Studios will be held with the participation of 43 universities from around the world. It will become the platform of academic exchanges and research by global specialists, where social and cultural discourses will take place to propose future-oriented alternatives for cities. Global Studios will be held in Sewoon Plaza. In addition, the Live Projects will be held in the Seoul Museum of History, Sewoon Plaza, and Daerim Plaza to shed light on traditional markets as long-lived collective spaces, from various perspectives.

    What is most remarkable about this year’s Seoul Biennale is that it makes exhibitions participatory, as a variety of participatory programs for citizens have been prepared. Why not taking part in the participatory programs that interestingly unveil “Collective City” in connection with various fields, such as education, lectures, tours, and film screenings?

    For more information on 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism, visit the official website at http://www.seoulbiennale.org.

    Major Exhibition Venues

    Major Exhibition Venues
    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
    Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Inquiries: 82-2-2513-0000
    Donuimun Museum Village
    Address: 14-3, Songwol-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    Inquiries: 82-2-793-6994
    Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture
    Address: 119, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Inquiries: 82-2-763-8050
    Sewoon Plaza
    Address: 159, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    Inquiries: 82-2-2271-2344
    Seoul Museum of History
    Address: 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    Inquiries: 82-2-724-0274