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Dominique Perrault announces participants for Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021

Korea, South Architecture News - Jul 28, 2021 - 16:15   5021 views

Dominique Perrault announces participants for Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021

French architect and urban planner Dominique Perrault, the General Director of Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021, has announced participants for the Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021 (SBAU2021) which will take place physically in Seoul from September 16th to October 31st, 2021.

Theme is "CROSSROADS Building the Resilient City", the Biennale aims to provide a platform for exchange, discovery and enhancement of projects and research that question the city of today and tomorrow.

The organizing committee of SBAU2021 released details about the event in June and announced that despite the pandemic, the Biennale will be held in a traditional way as it is. 

About a month later, Dominique Perrault has announced the full list of SBAU2021 participants, as well as additional information on a selection of artists. 

Dominique Perrault announces participants for Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021

Dominique Perrault. Image © Alexandre Tabaste

Dominique Perrault previously spoke to WAC about the Seoul Biennale of Architecture And Urbanism as part of WAC's live interview series, watch WAC's interview with Dominique Perrault on WAC's IGTV

This year's Biennale will open up a discussion on the complexity of the relationships that shape our cities and to the key time that humanity is currently facing by drafting a manifesto for a more sustainable city. 

SBAU2021 will be divided into five sections, each corresponding to an exhibition, associated with events and meetings, via on-site or online conferences. These sections include: "Thematic" and "Cities" exhibitions, "Guest Cities" exhibition, "Global studios" exhibition, "Seoul" exhibition and Live Projects" exhibition .

Dominique Perrault announces participants for Seoul Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism 2021

Image © Dominique Perrault Architecte/adagp

The installations will be displayed in a grid, while each exhibition perimeter will host an installation, contributions of different types or forms. They will be associated with installations named "Urban Ready Made", punctuating the visitor's path in order to provide complementary services (welcome desk, relaxation area, forum, meeting point, etc.).

SBAU2021 is arranged under the thematic spectrum of the five crossroads: CROSSROAD 1: ABOVE / BELOW, CROSSROAD 2: HERITAGE / MODERN, CROSSROAD 3: CRAFT / DIGITAL, CROSSROAD 4: NATURAL / ARTIFICIAL, CROSSROAD 5: SAFE / RISK.

The "Thematic" and "Cities" exhibitions will be displayed together for the first time in the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), an emblematic building in the city of Seoul, built by Zaha Hadid Architects. These two sections will form the main exhibition of the Biennale.

Scroll down to see the full list of participants for SBAU2021:

Aires Mateus & Associados, Lda, Portugal

Arquimaña, Spain

LIPID and GCM lab(EPFL), HEAD-Genève, Switzerland

FHO, United States

Franklin Azzi Architecture, France

CSK Architects and The Barlett UCL, United Kingdom

Barozzi Veiga, Spain

Al Borde, Ecuador

Tomà Berlanda, Maxwell Mutanda ,Sunniva Viking, South Africa

JHB Studio, United States

Bruther, France

NAMA, Brazil

Manuel Cervantes Estudio, México

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, United States

Jérôme Chenal, Switzerland

BCHO Architects Associates, Korea

Hyperspandrel, Republic of Korea

Superellipse, Korea

James Corner Fields, USA

Chartier Dalix SAS, France

Danilo Dangubic Architects, Serbia

AREP, VietNam

XDGA, Belgium

uapS sarl, France

MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, France

Rinatal Eggertsson Architects, Norway

Uncertainty Network Office (UN-Office), United States

Architectural Association / Zaha Hadid Architects, United Kingdom

ZITA, Colombia

WY-TO, Singapore

Bricklab, Saudi Arabia

West 8, Netherlands

SoomeenHahm Design Ltd., United Kingdom

THISS x ìssí, United Kingdom

architectural/practice, Republic of Korea

Studio Hollenstein, Australia

Saafan Architect, Egypt

MECANOO, Netherlands

Media x Design Lab / EPFL, Switzerland

Jean Marc Ibos Myrto Vitart, France

Productora, USA

Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Japan

Koo Jeong A & STUDIO, UK

Naco, France

Bernard Khoury / DW5, Lebanon

Studio DOHGAM, United States

Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan

Dua Studio, Indonesia

Galerie Patrick Seguin, France

Animali Domestici, Thailand

GLP Design, France

Grupo Aranea, Spain

Walden Architects_DAStU - Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Roofscapes Studio, United States

Malaysian Institute of Art, Malaysia

Pareid / The Bartlett School of Architecture University Col, United Kingdom

Jakob + MacFarlane Architects, France


Harvard GSD, Switzerland


Architecture Office, United States

Messina Rivas Architecture, Brazil

Marc Mimram Architect Engineer and Associates, France

MAEID + MORPHtopia, Austria


Wasp, Italy

Studio Hartzema, Netherlands

Renato Nicolodi, Italy

B.Y.O.B, Japan

Elemental, Chile

Lucy & Jorge Orta, France

Eva Studio, United Kingdom

GB607 LAB, Republic of Korea

Hypothesis Atelier, Switzerland

Alexis Peyer / MR&A, France

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France

LOCAL, Norway

Fragment, France

Collectif VOUS, France

OHM Office for Holistic Miscellanea, Spain

Carlo Ratti Associati, Italy

TOPOTEK 1, Germany

GEOEG, United States

Freischaerler Design, Australia

Luuk Schröder, Netherlands


SANAA, Japan

Autonomous Builders Collective / ABC, United States

건축공방 ArchiWorkshop, Republic of Korea



Benedetta Tagliabue, Spain

Groupwork / Romeo Srl, United Kingdom

Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Bangladesh

Sharoni Urrutia/Miguel de Guzmán/Maeve Roughton, United States

Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo, Brazil


Orient Occident Atelier, Hong Kong

DNA Design and Architecture, China


YARD (Yonsei Architecture Research and Design), Republic of Korea

Vector Architects, China

Studio Pararaum, Canada


XDGA (2070)
Title of artwork: Rogier Square 

Proposal country: Belgium 

Proposal city: Bruxelles

Research dear to Dominique Perrault, the Study of Groundscape as a tool for the creation of new territories through the disappearance of architecture, which he taught at the EPFL, is the epicenter of this project which confirms the relevance of urban densification through the underground. Questioning the intersection of the surface and the underground in the heart of the metropolitan hub of Rogier Square, in Brussels, the central element of the project realized by XDGA is the patio dug in this underground infrastructure, bringing daylight to the underground levels, concentrated inside and around it.


THISS x ìssí (0594)
Title of artwork: A Resilient Monument 

Proposal country: United Kingdom 

Proposal city: Birmingham

The THISS x ìssí project, resulting from the international call for applications, is at the heart of current events. Indeed, it echoes the societal questions raised by the removal of statues, linked in particular to slavery. The project is placed at a particular scale of architecture, that of urban furniture, and of the monument. THISS x ìssí questions the very materiality of statues in order to interrogate their immutability. They propose a monumental practice that would use organic materials such as wood, thatch or chalk, and would require, in order to exist, an assembly and a maintenance carried out by successive generations. In this way, the new monument, living and ecological, will be the fruit of a collective commitment that would adapt to an evolving and complex culture, even disappearing if it was no longer relevant.

SEALAB (2027)
Title of artwork: The Wall and the City 

Proposal country: India

Proposal city: Ahmedabad

SEALAB is interested in the wall as a mediating device between different urban and architectural worlds. Through their project, resulting from the international call for applications, they develop a quality public space, which offers, at the scale of the neighborhood, an intergenerational sanctuary to all inhabitants. Through the study of the condition of various walls in the walled city of Ahmedabad, India, SEALAB questions dualities - interior/exterior, container/content, exclusion/inclusion, division/connection - and analyzes the wall's ability to establish connections with its environment. In this way, SEALAB interrogates the forms, uses, limits, and implications of the wall for the social sustainability of the city at different scales.


WASP (2061)
Title of artwork: Upredictable shape 

Proposal country: Italia

Proposal city: Massa Lombarda

Today, 3D printing projects are proliferating at all levels of creation. The specificity of the WASP project is the use of low-tech materials to implement the 3D tool. They make 3D prints with materials that have a strong structural function to meet the needs of the city of the future.


GEOEG (2024)
Title of artwork: CHICAGO: Cooling and Heating Interventions in Chicago Achieved via Geothermal Opportunities

Proposal country: USA

Proposal city: Chicago

GEOEG is a continuation of Dominique Perrault's work on Groundscapes. Through their study, this engineering consultancy implements a simple technological process, the use of underground geothermal technology, to regulate energy consumption at all levels of a city as stratified as Chicago.

EPFL x HEAD: Marilyne Andersen, Mark Pauly, Florin Isvoranu, Megan Danell (EPFL) x Javier Fernández-Contreras, Alice Proux (HEAD-Genève)
Title of artwork: Circa Diem

The engineering laboratory of the EPFL associated with the HEAD of Geneva develops a work on artificial and natural light. Within the framework of SBAU2021, it is realizing an installation that exposes a way to reproduce the circadian cycle in an artificial way through lenses. This device seems particularly interesting to apply in architecture because it would allow to use different blind or underground spaces.


Title of artwork: Off-Ground Shelter Proposal country: Soudan du Sud 

Proposal city: Old Fangak

The Collectif Vous customizes tents to make them comfortable emergency housing. Starting from the archetype of a tent, synonymous by nature with ephemeral housing, the young French collective proposes to modify this model into ready-to-use emergency housing. In selecting this project, Dominique Perrault wished to highlight the emergence of new innovative concepts and emphasize engaging projects.

EVA Studio (2052)
Title of artwork : The informal city 

Proposal country: Haiti
Proposal city: Port-au-Prince

This office, made up of an Italian-British team based in London, works on the city of Haiti. Their project is part of a strong social commitment since they have created public spaces in Port-au-Prince, in the heart of the city's slums. These quality spaces, created with a great economy of means, appeared to Dominique Perrault as the emanation of what a resilient city is.

Full project here:


Renzo Piano Building Workshop 2018
Title of artwork : The Genova San Giorgio Bridge, 2018-2020 

Proposal country: Italy

Proposal city: Genova

After the tragic collapse of the Genoa Bridge in 2018, Renzo Piano, Pritzker Prize 1998, offered the city the design of a new bridge. It is this gesture of social commitment to the community, akin to a form of gift to his home city, that Dominique Perrault wished to highlight within the SBAU2021 Biennial.


CSk Architects and The Barlett UCL (2066)

Title of artwork: Memorial to the Industrial Revolution

This collective project associates CSK Architects and The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, in a research work on the use of cork as an energy efficient and sustainable building material. They have created a structural cork house by assembling cork bricks made by 3D printing.

For complete project:


Title of Artwork: the Basic Services Unit and the Incremental Neighborhood

For the SBAU2021 Biennial, the Elemental agency, Pritzker Prize 2016, asks itself: how to meet sanitary requirements, in particular those of staying at home and washing one's hands regularly, when there is no longer a home, nor running water? Known for its commitment to housing, Elemental is developing here extremely economical prefabricated modules that can be assembled in 5 weeks, allowing a family to rely on the sanitary minimum in 40 days, and then be able to perpetuate this emergency facility into a middle-class home.

Top image: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 will hold its main exhibition at Gongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). Image © Kyungsub Shin Studio.

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