The UNC Charlotte School of Architecture’s 2017 Seoul Studio draws to a conclusion with student research presentations on Friday, June 30. Student work will be exhibited at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism from September 1-November 5, 2017.
Under the guidance of Jeffrey Nesbit, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, the students have been examining three different facets of the South Korean city’s urban landscape: the Sungnyemun Gate, one of the eight gates in the Fortress Wall that surrounded the city during the Joseon dynasty; Namdaemun Market, the largest market in South Korea dating back to the 15th century; and the 7017 Seoul Station, an overpass designed to promote mobility, tourism, and landscape.
According to Nesbit, “This studio evaluates the three instances of artifact, commerce, and landscape as a way to reveal an ecosystem of conflicted contemporary urbanism.”
The 2017 Seoul Studio is one of multiple study abroad trips in the School of Architecture this summer. A group of Master of Urban Design students and faculty are currently studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while another selection of architecture students have been completing a design-build project in Nova Scotia.