Global Studios (2021)

Exploration of the theme, "refuge". Beyond serving the elementary functions of providing a shelter and fulfilling basic needs, is design able to take on a political role?

By Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Shelter in Place by Hanyang University ERICA CampusSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The “Global Studios” section will explore the theme of “refuge”, students from architecture schools around the world will question the notion of refuge refers to the creation of shelter, of protection against a threat, a fundamental need that is linked to the first emergence of architecture itself. The idea of shelter has a renewed relevance today in the climate change context, health crisis, political conflicts or economic collapses which are leading to population movements.

Condition / Hong Kong Villages by The Chinese University of Hong KongSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

 To answer those questions, architecture students from 41 institutions worldwide have participated in the Global Studios Exhibition. And the eight works selected through an open call are installed in the exhibition space, located on the Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), at a 1:1 scale for the audience to occupy and experience the sites. The results of each work are also held in exhibition by video, sketch, drawing, writing.

Shelter in Place by Hanyang University ERICA CampusSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Shelter in Place

Designing a shelter for the displaced populations, an extremely prevalent topic in our world today, is an architectural challenge. Instead of designing a refugee shelter in a literal manner, we tackled the topic on a more conceptual level. The shelter has 28 doors with patterns and ornamentations depicting different cultures from around the world.

To Collect by Polytechnic University of CataloniaSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

To Collect

The notion of refuge, usually understood as a space created to overcome extreme conditions, should nowadays include poor economical situations and collective needs as such. What we are proposing is a new static frame for the refuge as a place to feel safe and to display personal or even community heritage with pride. 

Mind Pavilion by Meiji UniversitySeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Mind Pavilion

We believe these individuals need another layer of protection. Our pavilion intends to be such a refuge, and its conception and organization reflects this mission.

Condition / Hong Kong Villages by The Chinese University of Hong KongSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Condition / Hong Kong Villages

If “refuge” relates to creating a shelter from the pursuit of danger, our refuge aims to become a vessel to reconnect visitors to a slower, more primordial world typically associated with rural life. At first sight the refuge appears hermetic and impenetrable—a wall—yet upon closer inspection one acknowledges its porosity and is allured inside. 

The Autonomous Edge: Intensifying the Domestic Territory In the (Post) Pandemic City by The University of QueenslandSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The Autonomous Edge

Drawing from historical cues, our fascination with the contextual character between Brisbane and Seoul meets through an exploration of color and local construction technologies. In low-density Brisbane, a city historically associated with timber-framed bungalows, the red color of corrugated iron roofing provides a strong cultural reference. In high density Seoul, the distinctive blue roof tiles and their embedded meaning of wealth and status give a heightened cultural connotation.

Intertwined by MEF UniversitySeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Intertwined

Intertwined is an alternative mode of refuge; offers an emergent dwelling in the metropolis by offering a meditative act of doing through weaving and knitting. It is a hand-knitted, tactile space that uses construction scaffolding units as a base structure and weaves within it.

Circular Prototypes: Food, Energy and Water (F.E.W.) Rooftop Infrastructures by Rice UniversitySeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Circular Prototypes

The traditional definition of a refuge relates to the condition of being safe or sheltered from danger. From this point of view, the refuge isolates the individual from its environment and becomes an enclosed and self-su�cient “bubble.”

Transforming Rodeo Arenas Into Relief Shelters by Pontifical Catholic University of ChileSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Transforming Rodeo Arenas Into Relief Shelters

The shelter is a device that is not intended to be located in a specific place, but to be used in any context, facilitating the possibility of offering shelter in different situations and emergency places. A programmatically indeterminate first floor is proposed to allow different uses and to provide a shaded space for community usage. The second floor is a space that can be used for daily activities that require more privacy, while the third floor is mainly the sleeping space with a low ceiling that allows individuals to only sit or lie down.

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Find out more information including the theme of the 2021 biennale, and programs on the website of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. 
Curator: ArchiWorkshop 
Photos: ⓒ516 Studio

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