Architect, Hoidn Wang Partner, Berlin;
Deputy Director Architecture Section, Akademie der Künste, Berlin;
O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin
“Urban Futures: Living in the Inter City,” the kick-off keynote forum of ‘UIA 2017
Seoul, Soul of City’, will discuss the experiences, lessons, ideas, and endeavours from different cities and regions. At a time when managing and reversing man-induced climate change is imperative, how can the architecture of cities contribute to environmental quality? How can urban morphologies and building typologies related to ‘open-ness’ and ‘inclusiveness’ of different people and lifestyles? How is the urbanism of pluralism attainable by regenerating urban architecture? How can individual building design influence the formation of public space in the face of gentrification and commercialization? To what extent can architects turn the motivation of short-term private profits into the realization of long-term public benefits? How can buildings be inserted into urban infrastructures to upgrade informal sectors of megacities, and keep neighborhood networks working?
Four speakers - John Peponis, Wilfried Wang, Alvaro Puntoni, and Sung Hong KIM - will present specific cases and examples from West Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia, and open up a discussion on the role and leadership of architects in a globally connected world in which we face interrelated local and global problems - the key agenda of UIA world congress.