The Netherlands Symposium <Frames of Resistance> at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (6th September 2019)

The Netherlands Symposium <Frames of Resistance> will take place on 6th September at Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP) as a part of the opening weekend of the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism(SBAU2019), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Korea and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

In the last few years the Netherlands had increasingly strong presence in the architectural and urban design scene in Korea. Among them are Seoullo Sky Garden designed by Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and Sewoon Districts #4 which will be redeveloped by KCAP Architects & Planners.

With the Netherlands Symposium <Frames of the Resistance> on the occasion of 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism(SBAU2019), the Embassy will encourage the international exchange between Dutch and Korean professionals in the field of architecture and urban design, and raise the profile of Dutch creative industries in South Korea.

2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism(SBAU2019)

The 2nd Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism(SBAU2019) will be held from 7th September to 10th November with the theme “Collective City” in Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP) and other various venues in Seoul, organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Design Foundation.

For the preparation, the SBAU2019 team including the directors had a visit to the Netherlands from 6 to 8 March 2019 as International Visitors’ Programme offered by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Het Nieuwe Instituut is a Dutch institute located in Rotterdam, which is specialized in architecture, design and digital culture. Many of the Dutch participation in the biennale builds upon the International Visitors’ Programme.

The Netherlands symposium <Frames of Resistance>

The Netherlands symposium <Frames of Resistance> will take place on 6th September in the screening/events space of the Thematic Exhibition (DDP, Seoul), involving Dutch participants of the Thematic and Cities exhibitions of the Seoul Biennale and other prominent architects and academics from the Netherlands to both celebrate and raise the profile of Dutch architecture and design in Seoul.

The event takes its title, ‘Frames of Resistance’, inspired by the long-term research project ‘Architecture of Appropriation’, carried out by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut. The research proposes the right to affordable housing, working, and living, as a priority in urban transformation, rather than property rights. This investigation is in line with the primary concern of the SBAU, that of rethinking and reclaiming the city as a collective project.

Dutch participation in the biennale is broad, from photographers to designers, to theorists and planners. The symposium groups them into themes of ‘Architecture of Appropriation’, Image/Object/Architecture’ and ‘Reclaiming the City’, which suggest the different framing of shared issues in the contemporary city.

Panel

This symposium builds upon notable Dutch participation in the exhibition itself and also the invited international panels with expertise in the subject:

Speaker: Katía Truijen (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Jere Kuzmanic (collaborator with Stealth Unlimited and contributor ‘Architecture of Appropriation’ publication), Paco Bunnik (Chief Urban Planner of Amsterdam, curator in cities exhibition), Tjeerd Haccou (Founder of Space and Matter, co-curator in cities exhibition), Bas Princen (Photographer and Participant in exhibition), Maitham Almubarak & Batool Shaikh (Anne Holtrop Architects), Minsuk Cho (Mass Studies)

Respondents: Andreas Ruby (Director of the Swiss Architecture Museum), Kyungsub Shin (Photographer and Participant in exhibition), Haewon Shin (Architect and next curator of the Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2020)

Moderators: Hyungmin Pai (Director of 2017 Biennale), Beth Hughes (Curator, Thematic Exhibition), Francisco Sanin (Co-Director, SBAU)

For more Information

For questions please contact the Netherlands Embassy in Seoul:

Hajin Lee (Senior Cultural Policy Officer)

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