State(s) of Exception

Exploring Urban Development in North Korea Exhibition Opening

State(s) of Exception is a joint urban design and architecture workshop pioneered by Choson Exchange and the Architectural Association. This initiative explores emerging urban conditions in one of the most difficult to understand countries in the world, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea). Building on previous Choson Exchange training programs on urban and real estate policies for Special Economic Zones in North Korea, this annual design workshop focuses on developing a collective understanding on the opportunities and challenges of urban development in the country.

This exhibition showcases design proposals for a 3km long brownfield site in central Pyongyang, produced during a 10-day urban and architectural design workshop that took place in Pyongyang in August 2015. Participants at the workshop, comprised of 7 North Korean architects and 7 foreign architects, explored the possibility of developing an urban project for Pyongyang through small-scale architectural interventions that could complement the larger- scale masterplans. Through a series of site analysis and discussions with local shop owners and consulted local planning and design experts, 5 design proposals were produced for the linear development of the site guided a series of strategic insertions of new programmatic spaces. Proposals included redefining new typologies of living, working and leisure spaces for the local residents. In addition to the proposals was a series of discussion on the impact of such a development model on the urban landscape, construction processes and the lives of local residents.

Thu Nov 19, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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State(s) of Exception