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When the Brands Take Over

        Much has been written about the idea of iconic architecture or signature buildings by internationally recognized architects. They are, and rightly so, often criticized for their lack of integration in the urban context as well as non-representation of the … Continue reading

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Architecture as the Built Form of Colonial Ambitions

              During his February 2003 TED Talk, On Modern and Romantic Architecture, Reed Kroloff defined architecture as the “built form of our cultural ambitions”. [2] Derived from this statement, the title of this article puts forth an interesting point of … Continue reading

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Structuring Emptiness – Book Review

Structuring Emptiness presents two Korean architects, Seung H-Sang and Min Hyun-Sik. They both became famous as members of the 4.3 Group who published a manifesto about 20 years ago on the future of Korean architecture following the heritage of Kim … Continue reading

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The West Village

In early 2011, DJHA finished The West Village, a small building located in the West Village near the Gyeongbok Palace. A typical ‘rainbow cake’ building, a name coined by DJHA for a low-rise, high-density, mixed-use building type, this 3-story building … Continue reading

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Korean Architecture in Montreal: The Korean Pavilion at Expo ’67

              The only Korean architecture piece in Montreal was built for the World Exhibition Expo ’67. Kim Soo Geun, the father of Korean modern architecture, designed the Korean Pavilion.            Expo ’67 remains today one of the two most … Continue reading

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Hyper-density – The Condition of Contemporary Korean Architecture

Extracted from KIM Sung Hong & Peter Cachola Schmal Eds., Megacity Network Contemporary Korean Architecture. Berlin: Jovis, 2007, pp.43-45. It is incontestable that a major influence on Korea’s contemporary urban architecture has been the rapid increase in population in the … Continue reading

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Myeongjae Residence

Probably one of the 2 most beautiful Hanok style architecture residence I got to see in Korea is Myeongjae residence. Considered as a front runner in the perfect expression of the design and ideas of traditional Korean houses, its sense … Continue reading

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