The Canon of Architect: Essays on Architecture by 11 Architects

  • A5 변형 176pp 2005.12.1 17,000KRW ISBN 978-89-301-0171-4

Of all arts, architecture has the longest traditions in the history of mankind. Our life and architecture were inseparably related, considering that architecture would not disappear as long as our life exists. What then is architecture which is so important in our lives?

This book is a collection of essays on architecture written by 11 leading Korean architects, including Seung H-sang, Chung Ki-yong, Cho Sung-ryong, Kim In-chul, and Min Hyun-sik, who are now active in Korea. The participating architects present their diverse philosophies of architecture under the grand theme of “What is architecture?,” a serious question still unresolved by architects. The 11 helpful and interesting stories introduced in this book include: architecture in general, philosophy of architecture, the importance of architecture as a means of realizing two concept─“residence” and “space,” harmony with the neighboring environment, the problems inherent in the so-called modernism-style of architecture, the necessity of architecture that copes with Korea’s climate, and the difficulty in explaining architecture in language.

This book has answers to lots of question: what is the concept of “dwelling”?; what is the impact of architecture on the dwellers and how could they intercommunicate with architecture?; what is the concept of different places on which architecture is built?; and what is well-made architecture? This book is a kind of introduction to the general readers who are interested in architecture.

The styles, contents and themes in each essay are different as they have been written by different architects. What their essays show in common is their deep introspection and philosophy on Korean architecture along with some criticism and touching remarks. This book also introduces the major architectural works of the leading architects to vividly show what architecture is.

Seung H-sang

Born in 1952, Seung H-sang graduated from Seoul National University and studied in Vienna University of Technology. After 15 years working for Kim Soo Geun (1931-1986), a prominent architect and a significant contributor in the history of Korean architecture, he established Iroje Architects & Planners in 1989 and participated as coordinator in the project Paju Bookcity. He has taught as Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University and at Seoul National University, and he now teaches at the Korea National University of Arts. He has published Beauty of Poverty (1999) and Architecture, Signs of Thoughts (2004), among others. He has received various awards in architecture, such as the Kim Soo Geun Cultural Award and the Korean Architecture and Culture Award. In 2007, he received a Korean Cultural Arts Award from the Korean government.

Min Hyun Sik

Min Hyun Sik was born in 1946, Korea. After receiving a BS from Seoul National University in 1970, he worked and studied under Kim Swoo Geun and Yoon Seung Joong. In 1989/90, he studied at the AA School of Architecture in London, UK. In 1992, he started his own practice H. Min Architect and Associates. In 1997, he was a founding member of School of Visual Arts, The Korea National University of Arts, where has taught as a professor until 2012. Since “Housing with Deep Space” exhibited in Echoes of an Era, he has been active in the public arena. Extending his architectural interests into urbanism, he participated in several urban planning and design projects such as the “Paju Landscape Script” for Paju Bookcity, “Gwangju, Asian Cultural Capital City,” “Suwon, Historical and Cultural City,” “Maemooldo Island, Love to Visit” etc. Through works, publications, teaching, and international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2000/02), “Structuring Emptiness” at U-Penn (2003), S(e)oulscape (2008-9), his creative ideas have been at the center of important transitional moments in Korean Architecture and Urbanism.