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Selected publications

  • Booklist: Architecture Landscape and Horticulture (30 titles)
    • Architect Minsuk Cho’s Mass Studies selected for 2024 Serpentine Pavilion

      Serpentine is delighted to announce that Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies have been selected to design the 23rd Pavilion. Mass Studies’ Pavilion will be unveiled at Serpentine South on 5th June 2024 with Goldman Sachs supporting the annual project for the 10th consecutive year. This innovative commission, which began in … [Read More]

      Seoul Unfolded: the KCC’s late summer exhibition

      The KCC presents its late summer show, an exhibition developed by the Department of Architecture at the Korea National University of Arts. The exhibition will be available online through Youtube and Instagram. Seoul Unfolded 6 August – 26 September 2020 @KCCUK Check the KCC’s website carefully for booking and social distancing guidance We rethink Seoul, … [Read More]

      Cereal Magazine: special Korean edition

      Cereal is a biannual travel and style magazine based in the UK. Each issue focuses on a select number of destinations, alongside interviews and stories on design, art, and fashion. The current edition (#19) for the summer of 2020 focuses on Korea. The volume covers the architecture of Itami Jun, the photography of Koo Bohnchang, … [Read More]

      Exhibition visit: Out of the Ordinary — Award-winning works by Young Korean Architects

      LKL reports from the exhibition of young Korean architects at The CASS, which runs until 28 February. In an informative essay in the Out of the Ordinary catalogue, associate curator Junghyun Park gives us a fascinating snippet of information. When Neo meets the Architect of The Matrix in the final scene of The Matrix Reloaded, … [Read More]

      A Korean Mini-Festival focusing on architecture

      In recent years we have been seeing an increasing amount of Korean design in London – at 100% Design, Tent London and elsewhere. It will also be remembered that Seoul was World Design Capital in 2010, and occasionally Korean urban design and architecture make it into the UK press – for example back in 2009 … [Read More]

      Out of the Ordinary – an exhibition of award winning architectural designs

      An interesting exhibition coming up at The CASS. The show’s curator is Hyungmin Pai, who co-curated Korea’s Golden Lion winning national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale last year. Out of the Ordinary Award-winning Works by Young Korean Architects 6th-28th February 2015 The Cass Bank Gallery | Central House | 59-63 Whitechapel High Street | … [Read More]

      The Changdeokgung’s Injeong Hall – Welcome to the Rock Show!

      When I visited Changdeok Palace in Seoul, my attention was naturally focussed mainly on the buildings themselves. One of these buildings is the Injeong Hall (Injeongjeon), which was used for important celebrations and ceremonies. The unassuming forecourt one walks through to enter the hall was been designed with great care, but for the unsuspecting observer … [Read More]

      The Shining Fortress part 2: its remarkable story.

      by Matthew Jackson The story which surrounds the building of the Hwaseong fortress is an extraordinary one. The fortress was originally built as part of the new Suwon city, a project initiated by King Chongjo. King Chongjo (or King Jeongjo, depending on your preferred romanization) had been greatly devoted to his father, Sado Seja, who … [Read More]

      The Shining Fortress part 1: its construction

      by Matthew Jackson The official report by the advisors to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee concluded that the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress “represents the pinnacle of 18th century military architecture, incorporating the best of that from Europe and from the Far East. As such it has a unique historical importance”. What makes Hwaseong special? Following the editor’s … [Read More]

      The Tripitaka Koreana part 2 – the Depository Buildings

      Matthew Jackson continues his series of articles on the important treasures from Korea’s past The depository buildings which house the Tripitaka Koreana library are unique in almost every sense. Officially the largest wooden storage complex in the world, they are registered together with the Tripitaka itself as part of the UNESCO World Heritage ( The … [Read More]

      Architecture lectures at KCC

      Two talks this month in connection with the London Festival of Architecture and the U_Design City exhibition at the KCC. From the KCC website: Korean Cultural Centre UK’s U_Design City_Seoul exhibition, in association with London Architectural Festival and in collaboration with Seoul Metropolitan City Government, runs from 20 June to 2 August. The exhibition introduces … [Read More]

      KCC previews Seoul: World Design Capital 2010

      Notice of an upcoming exhibition in the Korean Cultural Centre, coinciding with the London Festival of Architecture 2008. The London Festival of Architecture 2008 (20 June – 20 July 2008) will be the biggest event of its kind in the world with over 400 events happening throughout London. As part of the brilliant festival, Korean … [Read More]

      Theatre news: Private Jokes, Public Places – a new play following a Korean-American architecture student

      Thanks to Colin Bartlett for letting me know of play now on at the New End Theatre, with a Korean-American connection. Till 10 December. Snug Harbor Productions, Ergo Entertainment & Maximum Entertainment Productions in association with New End Theatre present the European premiere of PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES By Oren Safdie Directed by Leon Rubin … [Read More]