Seoul hosts World Architects Congress

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul

The UIA Seoul World Architects Congress 2017, one of the largest congress to be hosted and supported by Korea this year, will be held on September 3-7. It is expected to welcome approximately 30,000 participants (including 3,000 foreign delegates).

The large-scale event will utilize two of Seoul’s top event venues, with the congress itself taking place at Coex from September 3-7, followed by the UIA General Assembly at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (ddp) from September 7-10.

Under the theme ‘Soul of City’, the congress will cover topics on how to revive the soul of a city through the five realms of architecture, namely culture, nature, future, passion, and human value. Specifically, it will discuss the influence of cultural heritages of cities in architecture, identify present ways of pursuing sustainability through architectural design, and explore the latest architectural innovations and technologies through a range of scheduled programs.

The UIA is the world’s largest association of professional architects, with around 1.3 million members from 124 countries. The UIA World Congress has been held every three years since 1948, bringing together architecture professionals and students for networking and knowledge-sharing about best practices in the field. 2017 marks the congress’s third outing in Asia.

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