Existing City/New Resource: Venice Biennale


Symposium and Exhibition, Wednesday 25 May 2016, 3:30-6:00pm
Universita Iuav di Venezia, Palazzo Badoer, Aula Tafuri
In colloration with IUAV, the British Council, and the
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
» The event will be streamed live from the IUAV website

The symposium and exhibition curated by John Hong for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism will bring together a renowned group of international scholars and professionals to discuss the salient issue of how our existing cities can be leveraged as a new resource for creative engagement. Even as ‘recycling’ has become a common household phrase, we have only begun to grapple with the concept when applied to the city itself. Where the materials of our everyday life form discrete objects, the existing city is a palimpsest of spatial practices and networks framed by the material itself. In this way, cities such as Seoul, Venice, London, and beyond can become important testing grounds to demonstrate alternatives to urban erasure. The central question that this symposium poses is: Can our rapidly changing society find a reciprocal host within the diversity of existing urban fabrics so that both city and culture undergo positive transformation?

Speakers and Panelists:
Aldo Aymonino, Università Iuav di Venezia
Alastair Donald, British Council
Enrico Fontanari, Università Iuav di Venezia
John Hong, Seoul National University
Franco Mancuso, Università Iuav di Venezia
Hyungmin Pai, University of Seoul
Vicky Richardson, British Pavilion
Finn Williams, British Pavilion
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Princeton University

Exhibition Featured Artists:
John Hong, Director of international Studios, Seoul Lab
Kyungsub Shin, SH (Study on Habitability), artist
Tapio Snellman, Seoul, filmmaker, artist, architect