Seoul: Towards a Meta-City

Recent Urban Projects in Seoul

30 August - 9 October 2014

Friday, 29 August 2014, 6.30 pm

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition we cordially invite you
to the ANCB Symposium

„Seoul: Towards a Meta-City - Recent Urban Projects“

Time: August 29, 2014, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Location: ANCB, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin


Song In-Ho, Professor, University of Seoul

Followed by a discussion with:
Lim Jae Yong, OCA architects, Seoul
Seung H-Sang, City Architect, Seoul
Choi Moon Gyu, Ga.A architects, Seoul
Finn Geipel, LIN Architects Ubanists, Berlin
Eduard Kögel, Urban Planner, Berlin

First Row guests:
Jung Hyo Sung, Deputy Mayor for Administrative Affairs, Seoul
Shin Haewon, lokaldesign, Seoul
Anh Linh Ngo, Editor Arch+, Berlin
Ulf Meyer, Architecture Journalist, Berlin


Aedes Cooperation Partners


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  • Seung H-Sang, City Architect, Seoul © Photos (Opening): Jirka Jansch

  • H.E. Kim Jae-Shin, Ambassador of the Republic
    of Korea in Berlin

  • Yun Jong Seok, Minister Counsellor / Head of
    Press and Culture Department, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

  • Jung Hyo Sung, Deputy Mayor for Administrative Affairs, Seoul

When Seoul was established as the capital of the Joseon dynasty in the late 14th century, Seoul’s cityscape reflected an ethical understanding between humans and nature, demonstrating the national emphasis on the people itself. In fact, old Seoul manifests the modern values of a city as described by David Harvey the current professor of the City University of New York, that stress ethics instead of aesthetics, narrative instead of image, and creation instead of completion.

Today, Seoul is attempting to restore the lost originality with a new urban landscape reflecting a new set of values. In this modern era, Seoul realized the importance to reestablish its identity with realistic and social intentions. To accomplish this goal, the city determined three key objectives: revival of history, restoration of nature, and renewal of people’s lives.

The Seoul Architecture Proclamation announced last year is based upon such sentiments for restoration. The Proclamation states that all architecture is owned by the public, explains that the city and architecture are inseparable, emphasizes preservation, and reiterates that the city and architecture are essential to sustain our lives.

The exhibition shows seven different ongoing projects in Seoul that demonstrate the new approach to the urban fabric of the city, that are: the Scientific Conservation and Creative Intervention on Seoul City Wall, the project for the Baeksa Village Residential Area Preservation, the Sewoon Mega Complex, Projects for the Social Sustainablilty of New village Gija – Chon, Yongsan Park development, the Mapo Oil Depot and the Community Building in Seoul.

Seoul is not a metropolis striving to develop and expand but a meta-city seeking a dedicated balance between restoration and change. In a meta-city, all individuals are valued equally and acknowledge the differences among them. The various relationships in a meta-city are not linear or hierarchical but variegated and intricate. A number of restorative public spaces serve to revitalize the individual health and the collective identities. The present and the past coexist and the city functions to both reminisce the past and plan for the future. Also, Seoul will constantly reflect on the city’s values and uphold the dignity of the people.

An Aedes catalogue was published.
With a text by Seung H-Sang
ISBN 978-3-943615-23-4
Price € 10,-


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