Alexandre Zein (Lead Architect of ZEIN ENGINEERING) was part with Globally Renowned Architects Gathered in Seoul for UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress in September 08/29/2017SMG 709 for the largest and the most prestigious international architectural event, ‘UIA (Union Internationales des Architects) 2017 World Architects Congress,’ which is also referred to as ‘the Architects’ Olympics.’ The ‘UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress’ was held from September 3rd (Sunday) to September 10th (Sunday), 2017 at COEX and DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza).
Alexandre presented his well-known project: "The Syrian Refugees Camp" in UIA exhibition Hall-D at Coex Conventional Center, including a lecture under the title : " Permanent Temporality, instead of Temporal Permanence ". In brief, it discusses the emergency architecture in times of disasters and crisis, whether if it was natural, or deliberately caused by humans. Also, several interviews were held in the event with Alexandre including open discussions and cultural exchange.
The event wase co-hosted by UIA, FIKA (Federation of Institutes of Korea Architects), and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. This is the third time this event was to be held in Asia following Beijing and Tokyo and it was the largest event this year with about 30,000 architects and industry representatives attending from 124 nations around the world.
UIA is the only international architects association that had been recognized by the UN with about 1.3 million members from 124 nations. The event does not focus on merely exhibitions and lectures but is a venue where architects from around the world gather together to discuss the latest trends of architecture and the future development directions of the industry. Seoul was successfully chosen as the host of this event after competing against Singapore and Mexico City during the general assembly of UIA held in Tokyo in 2011. ‘UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress’ was composed of a total of 137 programs including symposiums, exhibitions, open lectures, open discussions, and architectural culture tours under the topic, ‘Soul of City’
The event provided a great opportunity to discuss the direction and role of architecture for sustainable human life in the midst of urbanization across the world. ‘UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress’ was largely divided into two programs including the main event (September 4th – 7th, COEX) and a public event (September, throughout the entire city including Culture Depot Base) in addition to the ‘UIA General Assembly’ (September 7th – 10th, DDP) to decide the venue of the next event in 2023. The schedule of the event was filled with various programs that professional architects and students who study architecture can enjoy from opening & closing ceremonies, keynote lectures, keynote forums, public lectures, thesis and design presentations under various topics, exhibitions, and the UIA awards ceremony. Furthermore, the public programs included ‘open discussion’ sessions with architects, ‘architectural culture tours’ that introduced the past and present of Seoul through architectural structures, ‘natural architectural experience’ that uses natural materials to build structures, and various other exhibitions.
Meanwhile, Seoul celebrated September as the architecture-themed month and the city designated the month as ‘the month of architectural culture’ since various architectural events were at the same time during the same month. In addition to ‘UIA 2017 Seoul,’ do not miss ‘Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017’ (Sep. 2nd – Nov. 5th), ‘2017 Seoul Architecture Festival’ (Sep. 1st – Sep. 24th), and ‘The 9th Seoul International Architecture Film Festival’ (Sep. 4th – Sep. 24th) that were also be good opportunities to cast light on and experience architecture in various ways.
For more information on UIA 2017 Seoul, please call +82-2-586-2018 or visit http://www.uia2017seoul.org.