Dominique Perrault Architecture


29 | 05 | 2020

CROSSROADS Building the Resilient City

International call for proposals - Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021

Following on the invitation of Seoul mayor, Mr. Park Won-soon, Dominique Perrault was appointed General Director of the third Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which will take place from September to November 2021. This Biennale, titled “CROSSROADS Building the Resilient City ” will gather contributions from some one hundred cities on all five continents and selected from an international call for projects.

A laboratory of world cities, the Seoul Biennale, established in 2017, emphasizes the strong link between architecture and urbanism by offering the public a platform for exchange and discovery of the evolution of cities and metropolises. After the first two editions titled “Imminent Commons” (2017) and “Collective City” (2019), this third edition is dubbed “CROSSROADS Building the Resilient City”. It will open avenues of reflection on the city of the future through a rich and dense series of exhibitions and events. It will also emphasize the place of cities as the privileged spaces for opening perspectives onto a more sustainable world and it will explore the central role that architecture and urbanism are capable of playing toward this objective. 

This Biennale will be structured in the form of five figures, referred to as the “Crossroads” which will converge in their intention to promote more responsible, citizen-focused urban growth. These five thematic figures are the starting point for the main exhibition of the SBAU 2021 and for the international call for projects, which will enable the identification of its contributions:

•Crossroad 1 on urbanism: ABOVE/BELOW 
•Crossroad 2 on architecture: HERITAGE/MODERN 
•Crossroad 3 on design: CRAFT/DIGITAL 
•Crossroad 4 on landscape: NATURAL/ARTIFICIAL 
•Crossroad 5 on the city:  SAFE/RISK

Proposals will associate the content of the project with a design concept for their space. The key criterion is that it be the application of the proposal for a city, located anywhere in the world, without any size limitations. All projects relevant to the theme of the Biennale and deemed likely to foster and enrich intense societal and/or scientific debate may be selected in order to be displayed under the framework of the Biennale. A broad range of projects can be submitted for consideration: built projects (within the last 10 years) as well as unbuilt, theoretical, academic or even fictional projects. 

Based on these contributions, the third edition of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 will open a vast main exhibition in the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), emblematic building of the city of Seoul, built in 2014 by Zaha Hadid Architects. The epicenter of the Biennale, this vast exhibition will blend immersive spaces with an exhibition design imagined as a chessboard, upon which all the proposals and the 100 cities represented will compose diverse constellations.