Search By Topic


Seoul International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Contents of this page have been adapted from the news release on the Future Earth main website

The Seoul International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism showcases programmes and exhibits that address themes of particular relevance to urban settings on a global scale. This inaugural Biennale, titled “Imminent Commons,” is organised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Design Foundation. The Seoul Biennale seeks to identify opportunities and challenges for future cities around the world, and will provide a forum for debate among policy-makers, experts and citizens at large. It is co-directed by Hyungmin Pai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus and professor at Seoul National University, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo of Princeton University in the United States.

The Biennale’s Cities Exhibition will include projects from 50 cities that are tackling issues like globalisation, resource depletion, natural disasters and imbalances in consumption and capital – while at the same time trying to sustain their unique history, local culture and social and geographical contexts. This section of the Biennale will be held within the Dongdaemun History and Culture Plaza, designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid.

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) and the Future Earth Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Centre will be represented in this exhibition at the Seoul Biennale. CyI and the MENA Regional Centre, which is hosted by the institute in Nicosia, have collaborated to incorporate recent research findings and develop an extensive visual presentation to examine the current and projected impacts of climate change on communities across the Eastern Mediterranean and MENA region.

For further details on contribution of the Future Earth MENA Regional Centre and its partners, read the original news release.

For more information on the Seoul International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, visit the event website.