The Rotterdam-based design summer school Open Set will soon move abroad for the first time, with a series of workshops in the South-Korean capital of Seoul. In the last two weeks of February, designers, artists and researchers from the Netherlands and South Korea, will host one-day workshops, open to (young) professionals working in the creative industries. The first edition of Open Set Seoul aims to ‘investigate the changing concepts of memory as part of our personal and collective identities, and how they are projected on images of the future’.
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On February the 24th, Failed Architecture will host a workshop on the recently opened Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a centrally located landmark designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which replaced an ageing, but locally popular stadium, has been described as a ‘metonymic landscape’, consisting of curvy spaces ‘reminiscent of flowing water’ and ‘incorporating Korean tradition and the future of ever-changing design’. The complex features a variety of exhibitions spaces, futuristic retail stores and multi-purpose convention halls.
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In Seoul, it will be the first time that Failed Architecture explores a brand-new building, and moreover, one developed by a contemporary architectural celebrity. Using its characteristic methodology, FA will uncover the numerous, social, economic and political drivers which led to the building’s development and realisation. During the workshop, participants will be encouraged to develop their own perspectives on the historical genesis and potential future of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and its surroundings.
Participants can either sign up for the full two week programme, a selection of workshops, or just the one-day Failed Architecture workshop. For our workshop, we welcome scholars, practitioners and students working in architecture, urbanism, design, media, sociology, philosophy, arts, and any other applicable field. Apply now!
Applications will be accepted until January 15th, 2016.