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    Open Building

    The Metropolitans / Zurich, Switzerland

    Open building is, according to John Habraken, the term used to indicate a number of different but related ideas about the making of environment.

     The idea of distinct Levels of intervention in the built environment, such as those represented by 'base building*' and 'fit-out*', or by urban design and architecture.

     The idea that users / inhabitants may make design decisions as well as professionals.

     The idea that, more generally, designing is a process with multiple participants also including different kinds of professionals.

     The idea that the interface between technical systems allows the replacement of one system with another performing the same function. (such as different fit-out systems applied in a given base building.)

     The idea that built environment is in constant transformation and change must be recognized and understood.

     The idea that built environment is the product of an ongoing, never ending design process, in which environment transforms part by part.



    Virtual Reality in Architecture

    The session seeks to discuss for issues and trends of virtual reality technology from perspectives of architects. Speakers bring to the table the origin and statement of the technology in architecture, and the latest case studies and results that are applied in the fields of architectural design and construction.



    Changes for Housing & Urban Development in Korea

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    Housing Culture in Seoul over the Past, Present, and Future

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    Smart Work Place

    @Inside Facebook Photo by Nick Otto For The Washington Post

    'Smart Work' is the key concept of redefining the future work place equipped with IOT(Internet of Things) and AI(Artificial Intelligence). The tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook have already changed their offices. The new architectural space has become the core issues without question.

    Digital Design & Fabrication

    “Parametric Design” (by Woojae SUNG / Grimshaw Architect, NY)

    I would like to bring up the idea of bottom up design process in a context of parametric design. This molecular approach, as opposed to more traditional, top down design process, changed the way how we design certain things. The traditional design process where we set up holistic framework and gradually run down to specific parts still maintains good hold on most of design processes, but the new approach enables us to do something entirely new by doing things exactly in an opposite way.

    “Digital Optimization / Fabrication of High-Rise Buildings” (by Heechan SHIN / ARUP)

    The simultaneous maturation of two aspects of digital design is having a profound effect on a designer’s ability to better investigate the “optimal design” for a given project. First, we are seeing increasing user-friendliness of environmental, structural simulation, and analysis programs. Second, we are seeing the adoption of parametric modeling enable more precise processing to fabrication and construction while preserving Value Engineering (VE) in High-rise buildings.

    “Autonomous Construction” (by Mathew SCHWARTZ / NJIT)

    Robotic fabrication has had a tremendous impact on the architectural practice in recent years. In particular, the use of pre-fab has enabled low cost customization within the construction process. This has been possible through advances in robotics which have increased stability and access to customized fabrication processes. As robotics research furthers, new possibilities in fabrication come with it. From pre-fab to on-site, this talk discusses how architects and researchers can push the envelope into the future of robotic fabrication from industrial arms to autonomous and mobile robotics.

    “Digital Craft_material & machining-based design and fabrication process” (by Donghan SHIN / BAT)

    Industrial robotic arms are versatile. The functions of a robot vary with the types of tools mounted on the end-effector, or robotic hand. A wide variety of tools ranging from hot wire to 3D printer nozzle are mounted on it, and research on their application is being conducted together. This will have great effects on the change of design and fabrication processes in the areas of architecture, arts, and design. This presentation will cover the operation of industrial robots by using a parametric tool called Grasshopper and the introduction and utilization of it in the construction and design fields. Moreover, we will discuss the changes in the attitude of designers toward materials and shapes and the changes in design and fabrication process, which arose as we start to use robots more extensively.

    “New Art & Craft Movement - Robotics in Architecture” (by Kyu Hwan LEE / MXM Architects)

    He will talk about how digital design process & fabrication can change architectural practices in near future. The presentation material will include his research trip's report published in 2016, titled "New Art & Craft Movement - Robotics in Architecture", that has been funded by Korean Institute of Architects as a part of Young Architectural Fellowship program in 2015. He will share his experiences with his digital fabrication tools such as industrial robot arm, multi-axis CNC machines and 3D printer and will talk about a new craftsmanship and an architect's new role in future.

    Smart City as a New Urban Platform

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    Kinetic Surface Design

    HRKF(Heerim Responsive Kinetic Façade)

    The kinetic façade as one of smart building skin technologies forms an interface between the environment and user inside by moving in response to external climate condition automatically or manually. It can improve energy performances and design effects of buildings. This session brings to the table the kinetic technologies and world-wide leading examples how kinetic façade can be energy-efficient and new sense of aesthetics with dynamic facade effects

    HRKF(Heerim Responsive Kinetic Façade)

    Kiefer Technic Showroon

    Dynamic Façade Unplugged: Snapping Facade



    Part 1. The Traditional Culture of Southeast Asian Housing

    Houses in Southeast Asia

    The distinctive culture of Southeast Asia has been formed through the merging of diverse cultures. But each country has shaped its own unique housing culture. This session aims to understand the identity of traditional house of each country from the cross-cultural perspectives.

    Part 2. Commonality and Diversity of Southeast Asian Urban Housing

    Urban Housing in Malaysia

    Urban Housing in Indonesia


    Since World War II, many countries in Southeast Asia have experienced urbanization problems and new towns have developed to solve this issue. The new towns in Southeast Asia were designed in accordance with the western town planning principles, but also constituted a regional character of each country. This session aims to understand the identity of urban housing in new towns of each country from the cross-cultural perspectives.




    Part 1. Sustainable Renewal Policy for Rural Village

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    Part 2. Innovative Ideas for Buildings in Rural Area

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    Water Sensitive Urban Design for Future

    This session will provide an excellent opportunity for exploring key theories, concepts and lessons for Future Water Sensitive Urban Design. In addition, it will discuss about water resilience urban design solutions and cutting-edge findings for overcoming Global flood risks under climate change.



    Urban Regeneration

    The city once created is constantly changing, not that does not change. The city is aging and declining over time, but cities regenerate prosperity by creating new vitality through renewal. There are growing cities with ample capital & technology, abundant resources and glorious civilization, but there are also declining city with different reasons in the world. This session aims to understand the various experience to urban regeneration and exchange the successful idea of urban regeneration project according to the identity of districts and regions.



    Public Building as a Catalyst for a Change

    Public buildings serve as a catalyst to change the region. Public buildings that provides various welfare services improve the quality of life of residents, contribute to improvement of local environment, and further activates local economy. Public building in the region is not a single point. Their networks change our lives.



    Small Scale Housing and Regional Identity

    Seoul is the most big city in Korea and has it's own cultural and historical tradition. Seoul has been constantly changed to satisfy demands of growth and social need for change. Small scale housing in city is the biggest part of the city and it is very important to keep the cultural and historical value of the city. This session aims to find the proper way of changing methods for keep the important cultural and historical value of the region or city in small scale housing. For this, Successful cases of changing method of Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo will be introduced and discussed.


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    New City Development Strategy for Developing Countries

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