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Title Korea CQ - Epilogue on 'Landscript' lecture by Seung H-Sang, Chief Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy & Visit to National Hangeul Museum
Posted by webmaster Hit 41 Date 2018.10.26
Dear Korea CQ members,
On October 23rd, Korea CQ had the special lecture ‘Landscript’ by Seung H-Sang, Chief Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy, at the National Hangeul Museum in Yongsan.
H.E. Yip Wei Kiat, H.E. Bader Mohammad AlAwadi, H.E. Ramzi Kazim oglu Teymurov, H.E. Mozes Csoma, H.E. Peteris Vaivars, Rina Okumura-Vaivara, Yonggoog Park, Seung H-Sang, Chulmin Kim, Jay Hyuk Shim, Haelyung Hwang, Seong Hee Kim, Hyo Jin Bang, Agnes Baum, Bill Miner, Lissa Miner, Christophe Piganiol, Susan Ling, Erwan Vilfeu, Patrick Defranoux, Sung-Eun Lee, Jae Chul Sung, James Park, Martijn Sax, Eunice Yuh, Jake Kim, Yoon Jung Park, Kwiyeon Kim, Hoo-ran Kim, Ian Jeong, Myunghee Oh, Haewon Park, Byung In Kang, Dong Won Hong, Tainam Jung, Rachel Park, Ji Soo kim, Joel Lee, Damin Jung, Choi Jungwha, Didier Beltoise, and Crystal Park attended this forum.

CQ members arrived at the museum and enjoyed the delicious Korean dosirak, specially prepared by the National Hangeul Museum, for dinner.

After dinner, the tour of the National Hangeul Museum started.


The National Hangeul Museum was established to preserve, spread and recreate the values of the Korean alphabet ‘Hangeul’ and Hangeul culture. It is a place where visitors can experience the history, values and beauty of Hangeul.


Through the tour, members had the opportunity to hear and learn about the reasons why King Sejong created Hangeul, how it was made with what principles, changes that came after its creation, and the informationization of Hangeul in the modern day.  

Following the tour, members gathered again at the auditorium located in the B1 floor of the museum, where we all watched a farewell video for Mr. Christophe Piganiol, President of Zuellig Pharma Korea, and Mrs. Susan Ling, CEO of Callistre International.


Mr. Piagniol and Mrs. Ling have been members since CQ 11, and shared countless memories with Korea CQ.

The lecture ‘landscript’ by Chief Commissioner Seung H-Sang of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy started.

Chief Commissioner Seung H-Sang graduated Seoul National University and Technische Universitaet in Wien. After expanding his field of architectural design by cultural and art aspect instead of engineering solely and working for Kim Swoo-geun for 15 years, he established his own office 'IROJE architects & planners' in 1989. He was a core member of “4.3 Group” which strongly influenced Korean architectural society, and participated in founding “Seoul School of Architecture” for a new educational system. He is the first City Architect of Seoul Metropolitan Government, contributing in different ways to develope architecture as the Chief Director of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, and has won various architecture related prizes including ‘Kim Swoo-geun Cultural Award’ and ’Korean Architecture Award’.

Through this lecture, members had the opportunity to learn about the history of architecture, features of western and eastern architecture, and modern architecture and cities. 

We would like to express our gratitude to Director Yonggoong Park for kindly inviting us to the National Hangeul Museum, Chief Commissioner Seung-H Sang for his riveting lecture, and Ms. Crystal Park for her excellent interpretation, and all our members for participating in this forum.
Please check the lecture note below on Chief Commissioner Seung-H Sang’s lecture for further details.
On November 6, Korea CQ will be visiting the Hanok of ‘Design House’ CEO, Lee Young Hye, ‘Jiwoohun’, which was selected by Seoul Metropolitan Government for ‘Excellent Hanok in Seoul’. At Jiwoohun, we will be having a special lecture on ‘Hanbok’ by designer Kim Young-Jin, CEO of Tchai Kim, one of the most renowned hanbok designer in Korea who also was the costume designer of Kim Tae-li in a popular drama series ‘Mr. Sunshine’. We look forward to our members’ interest and participation

Thank you
Korea CQ MeeJung Kim


For more pictures, please click the link below

<October 23, Lecture note>
‘Landscript – ‘This Generation, Our City and Architecture’
Lecturer: Seung H-Sang, Chief Commissioner
Western and Eastern Architecture
Villa Rotonda, built by Andrea Palladio in the suburb of Vicenza, Italy, is very important in Western architecture. This house on the top of the hill is also known as a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. It divides the plane of the square into a cross-shaped pathway, and places a circular space in the middle to give the impression that residents are in the center of the world. On the other hand, 'Doklakdang', which was built in Korea around the same time, shows a stark contrast. The main parts of Doklakdang, in which the overall house and fences are low, are the yards that are located throughout the house, not the An-chae (main building) or Sarang-Chae (the men's part of a house). Villa Rotonda is a house that dominates the surroundings alone while Doklakdang is a house that harmonizes with the surrounding nature while enjoying being alone. Modern architecture is still at Villa Rotonda. However, now it is time to look back at the ethical architecture that Doklakdang pursued.

City Architecture
As the population increased rapidly in modern times, a new city plan which was different from the original city plans were necessary. As a result, despite many new city planning projects, the hierarchy oriented urban structure was maintained, which divided the city into center-outskirts and urban-suburban. When structuring a city, Western countries utilized ‘Masterplans’ putting forward accurate measurement, reasoning, and rationing. Western countries focused on its rationality, functionality, and speed. Today’s Korean urban architecture also modeled the Western countries ‘Masterplans’, which is very different from the traditional Korean architecture that was implemented in respect to the land and ethics of the land. Korean architecture has a communal spirit which differs from the Western’s. This ‘Communal Spirit’ can be seen in modern areas called, ‘Daldongne’. The word means poor hillside village. Daldongne is a village where the poor strata of the society lives, but it has its own rules and has formed a community with communal spirit. Unlike the desolate apartment complexes built on economic value, efficiency, and rationality, Daldongne has sincerity. It is an architecture that the land has built. Seung H-Sang took this ‘Aesthetics of the poor’ as his spirit of architecture.
When expressing ‘city’, we think of two words; city and urban. The word ‘city’ originates from the word ‘civitas’ which means a social community whereas the word ‘urban’ originate from the word ‘urbs’ meaning structural/building community. The problem of modern day’s architecture comes from pursuing only ‘urbs’ and completely turning away from ‘civitas’.

Indeed, like our fingerprints and the lines in our palms, the memory of the past remains imprinted on all land. As every fingerprint is unique, so is the pattern of every piece of land. Sometimes its pattern is created from natural history; sometimes it is a pattern imprinted through the continuity of human life. The record and story of our lives are written on the land. The land is thus a grand and noble book of history, and thus is as precious as precious can be. Let us call this the landscript.
The landscript is an ever-changing organism and a life force that demands something be added to it. It has a soul, a spirit, and it even speaks. According to Susanne Langer, if architecture is the visualization of the character of a place, architecture must begin by carefully listening to the new demands of the land. It is a land that has experienced the great expanse of history. Architecture is the respectful act of revealing its fascinating language; it is the act of thinking deeply and then humbly adding to the land by building on to it a new poetic language.

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