Under the theme Resilient Cities through Culture 32 students of architecture from 10 countries around the world will come together for two weeks in Seoul, along with tutors from five colleges and international speakers at the school’s symposium day, to discuss the role of culture in sustainable city making. The theme for the UIA congress is Soul of City and it sets out to assess and enhance the unique features of the city of Seoul. While climate change and knowledge-sharing have no country borders sustainable environmental solutions often have to be tailored to specific contexts, climates and cultures in order to succeed. With this objective the summer school will set out to explore how a deeper understanding of a specific culture and community can support sustainable city structures for tomorrow while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015 making cities and human settlements more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Resilient Cities through Culture
The booklet from the UIA summer school 2017 is now out. Read about our process, research and findings in Seoul.
Presentation of our findings at the UIA Congress. Resilient cities through... hacking, confrontation, sharing, adaptation and community.
Team 5: Resilient cities through community.
Team 1: Resilient cities through hacking.
Team 4: Resilient cities through adaptation.
Team 3: Resilient cities through sharing.
Team 2: Getting ready with Resilient cities through confrontation.
Installation at the Coex Center has begun... looking forward to share our finding with you tomorrow.
Final set-up before disassemble and transport to the Coex Center
Two days to installation at Coex...
Decision day... negotiating location within our shared exhibition space and weaving together again.
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Team 1 - Lotte Castle / Hacking
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Team 2 - Han River / Confrontation
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Team 3 - Chansing Dong / Sharing
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Team 4 - Sewoon Sangga / Adaptability
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Team 5 - Mullea Dong / Coexisting
Sites have been picked and the different teams are starting their studio projects
Symposium Speakers, Students and Tutors after an afternoon with absolute fantastic talks!
Inspiring symposium about Resilient Cities as part of the summer school - thanks to all the speakers who travelled from all over the world to be here!
Sketch: Sharing brush and ink thoughts with the rest of the group
Sketch assignment underway - tracing the Mullae Dong neighbourhood on Hanji paper
Students are getting to know Seoul through various city walks
Kickoff! A warm welcome to all 32 students from 10 different universities at Mullae Dong Art Space!
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Symposium speakers now confirmed! Join us on the 25th August, 2pm for a symposium Resilient Cities through Culture; A Symposium on Social Infrastructure. Read more HERE
Our exhibitions space at the UIA 2017 world congress at the Coex Center in Seoul.
Resilient Cities though Culture: A symposium on Social Infrastructure. The Summer School Symposium session topics are now available. Want to know more then click HERE
We are pleased to announce that the eight independent students for the summer school have now been found. We welcome these additional students from China, Brazil, Romania, France and Canada who will join us in Seoul together with students from the Bartlett in London, KADK in Copenhagen, Genoa in Italy, Mimar Sinan in Istanbul and five universities from Seoul.
Working group meeting in Copenhagen with DAA and Imaginations. Wonderful people, wonderful place and it is going to be a wonderful summer school.
The workshop space is now booked and our base will be the Seoul Art Space Mullae in the neighbourhood Mullae-dong south of the river.
First coordination meeting and site visits in Seoul w. UIA Seoul, UIA Region 1 and Imaginations.
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Team 1 - Lotte Castle / Control
“The UIA’s goal is to unite architects of the world without any form of discrimination. It is one of my personal goals to further the exchange between young architects and enhance their interest in resilient cities for the good of the future. Global society will benefit greatly from this. I thus warmly endorse the Summer School for our 28th UIA World Congress in Korea.”
Esa Mohammed, President of the UIA
“Developing solutions for resilient cities is one of the important challenges faced by architecture today. The engagement of students in developing solutions and new understandings to deal with the diverse issues related to this, is paramount to the future of living conditions in cities worldwide. I believe that, maybe more than ever, the future of world society depends on interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial knowledge shared across borders. The summer school project for the 28th UIA World Congress in Korea contributes to this important endeavor.”
Natalie Mossin, President of the Association of Danish Architects
“We are honoured to bring an Imaginations summer school to the UIA congress and look forward to collaborate with these well esteemed universities in the electric city of Seoul. Student summer schools where thoughts and ideas are shared and shaped by the next generation are the first sparks of change for our cities of tomorrow. Our aim is to facilitate collaborations across cultures and disciplines in the search for Resilient City structures through Culture and ultimately improve communities.”
Anne Marie Galmstrup, Director Imaginations
“The 28th UIA World Congress in Korea is an important event and we expect it to be the biggest UIA World Congress ever. We are pleased to welcome the UIA students’ summer school initiative and to give it a key position in our overall programme. All our prominent architectural schools are looking forward to being involved in the process.”
Jong Ruhl Hahn, President UIA Congress 2017 Seoul
“The Seoul Summer School forms an important part of the UIA Region 1 project programme and has the full support of the architectural presidents of Western Europe. This project has created a new format that will be emulated for future regional activity. As a region 1 we draw together university students from across the world whilst joining with the universities of Korea for the UIA Congress”
David Falla, UIA Vice-President, Region 1
“The concept of an international summer school in connection with the 28th UIA World Congress for students of architects is a splendid idea, in keeping with the spirit of the UIA itself. The summer school builds on the thinking of Senator William Fulbright, and brings American architectural student together with fellows of all nationalities for the purpose of greater cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.”
Thomas Vonier, AIA President and General Secretary of the UIA