Alternative Territories *10
– Ten Emerging Korean Architects
This book is developed from the 10 serial issues which titled ‘Another Scale of Architecture- Young Korean architects in the world’ were published on Korean magazine ‘Architecture and Culture’ by Jungwoo Ji, an architect based in New York and Seoul from June, 2006 to December, 2007 in addition to their essays and current works.
The interview with emerging Korean architects who were actively pioneering the new path outside of Korea has taken place once every two months. The essential point of my development plan was to introduce their projects to spotlight the ‘different’ possibilities and spectrums of the past and present Korean architecture.
The two and a half years have passed since the time when the first issue of ‘Architecture and Culture’ was published. At the present moment, this opportunity would be of great interest to many who wish to retrace the stories of the past from the perspective of future in a way to see what was seen as the possibilities in the eyes of those who are constantly remaking and changing the history of Korean architecture at a fast pace.
From local based projects to global practices that were happening in Korea as well as in abroad, from artwork that has started from architecture to landscape design, from sole propriety to managing team of many, the development of projects in Europe, US and Japan done by the selected 9 teams of architects plus Jungwoo Ji (who interviewed them) were presented in this book.
The book observes the interviewees’ cases as follows: project locations have moved into Korea from international locations, people departed large companies where they have worked on the national and international projects in order to set up propriety offices, people worked on projects between the borderlines of countries, and people working on architectural discourse in Korea targeting world as their audiences.
The unchanging fact is that they are actively moving forward in a global context. They are not restricted by standardized path, but the focus is on the fact that they are pioneering the new way. Through this book, I wish to disclose what were yet known aspects of Korean architecture to the rest of the world. Furthermore, my intention is also set on the generations that follow 9+1 team of architects to be encouraged by their predecessors and actively pioneer the new path of the forerunners.
[Preface by Jungwoo Ji]
“Whole new breeds of Korean architects are coming. They are free; free from the Korean architectural community and even from Korea itself. However, architects need not only freedom but also creative restrictions. What are the creative restrictions the new breed of architects will face and how will they cope with them? The most thrilling moment has come for the history of Korean architecture.” [Doojin Hwang, Principal, Doojin Hwang Architects]
“Edward Said said, the intellectuals are voluntary exiles who constantly criticize the inside. If it is so, the Korean architects working outside should be who are looking for universality with intellectual sensibility. This is why I like to notice on their works.” [H-Sang Seung, Principal, IROJE architects & planners]
“Emergence of ‘new’ always begins from questioning. In the questions thrown by this young generation of architects, I see into the future of our architecture and city. Diverse discourse, audacious challenges, provocative forms… the energy felt from their work is surprising. A ‘new’ dynamism shaped by global influences beyond those of Seoul and Asia, is emerging over the horizon.” [Seung Hoy Kim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture, Seoul National University / Principal, KYWC Architects]
“A genuine pleasure to see a refreshing group of newcomers. It is an interesting mixture of works from the group shares national origin who’s operating at international locales. One can read into their similarities and distinctive differences and witness how culture shapes individuals. The works presented here are challenging, critical and sometimes provocative, in constant dialogues between globalised issues and differentiated local sensitivities. I sense these are only a fraction of what more to come from these young practices and look forward their bright futures.” [Farshid Moussav, Director FOA, Professor of Architecture Harvard University]
“Ultimately the act of making architecture is by the effort of an architect’s creative efforts. In his or her early stages of development, it is imperative that the goal is to find their own palette to guide them to a long, fruitful career.” [Tai Soo Kim, Principal, Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects]
“New generation who is thinking freely beyond architecture boundary is needed, now.” [Kuma Kengo, Principal, Kengo Kuma and Associates]
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