Architecture and Urbanism as Exhibition


How do we exhibit the city? What is exhibiting cities and architecture that practice the values and methods of sharing? Through our exhibitions, we get to know art and learn about art. But what is exhibiting city and what is exhibiting architecture? As can be seen through the fact that there are more than 200 biennales registered in the Biennale Foundation, there are so many biennales being held around the world, and the number of visitors to the world's leading museums and galleries is increasing day by day. We live in the "era of exhibitions."However, there are only few Biennales that represent cities in this era of exhibitions such as the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale and Rotterdam Biennale. The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism is definitely a new challenge and a new experiment in that it is hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the city government governing the global metropolitan city of Seoul. In the ever-changing political, economic, and cultural contexts, the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism shows how the cultural form of exhibition and the vast and complex reality of the big city will meet. The city architecture exhibition cannot be defined as the planning, the methodology and the works of some curators and writers under the circumstances where the western world-oriented age and the age of high growth are gone and socioeconomic polarization and environmental problems are becoming increasingly serious. The Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism should reflect the realities of the city and open our senses and thoughts. It must remind ourselves of the things we have forgotten, reveal what we have forgotten and make us think about the future. As this happens in a good city, this is what the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism wants to do.

Hyungmin Pai

Hyungmin Pai is an architectural historian, critic, and curator. He received his Ph.D. from the History, Theory, and Criticism program at MIT. Twice a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Washington University in St. Louis and was visiting scholar at MIT and London Metropolitan University. He is author of The Portfolio and the Diagram, Sensuous Plan: The Architecture of Seung H-Sang, and The Key Concepts of Korean Architecture. For the Venice Biennale, he was curator for the Korean Pavilion (2008, 2014), and a participant in the Common Pavilions project (2012). In 2014, the Korean Pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation. He was Visiting Director of the Asia Culture Center (2014–15) and Head Curator for the Gwangju Design Biennale (2010–11). He is presently a professor at the University of Seoul. He serves as a member of the Presidential Committee for the Hub City of Asian Culture, the Mayor’s Committee for the Future of Seoul, and is the chair of the Mokchon Architecture Archive.