Nikken Sekkei Displays Key Projects at 4th Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2023

(Seoul) - Nikken Sekkei showcased some of its marquee projects at the 4th Seoul Urban Architecture Biennale and Urbanism 2023, an ongoing event running from Sept. 1 to Oct. 29. The opening ceremony, held at Seonghyun Open Green Space Plaza (the main venue), followed two years of preparation, and was attended by Seoul City Mayor Oh Se-hoon, Seoul City Council President Kim Hyeon-gi, diplomatic envoys from various countries and architectural professionals, including Nikken President and CEO Atsushi Omatsu and executive officers Wataru Tanaka and Kiyoyoshi Okumori.

On Day 2 of the event, Tanaka and Okumori introduced Nikken’s Tokyo Station Yaesu Development and Miyashita Park projects in a presentation entitled “Cooperative Design for Public Spaces as New Urban Infrastructure” during Session 1 of the International Forum held at Seoul City Hall. The session’s theme was "The Coexistence of Density and Communality in the City of Land".
  • Kiyoyoshi Okumori(Nikken Sekkei Board Member, Senior Exec. Officer)

  • Wataru Tanaka(Nikken Sekkei Principal, Exec. Officer)

Panelists included James von Klemperer (KPF), Jeroen Dirckx (KCAP Partner), Sungjin Min (SKM Architects), and Seoul City General Architect Kang Byoung Keun. The group discussed topics related to the theme of "Expansion of Public Spaces in Large-Scale Urban Development", as well as the future of Seoul, Tokyo, and other cities.
At the “Parallel Grounds, Tokyo” component of the event’s Guest Cities Exhibition, Nikken Sekkei continues to display its Tokyo Station Yaesu Development and Miyashita Park projects.

First launched in 2017 to address urban and architecture-related challenges resulting from rapid urban growth in densely populated Seoul, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism aims to explore solutions for urban issues in global cities. In the process, guests can directly experience and learning about the mountain, water, and wind paths that run along Seoul’s central axis.

How did Tokyo's attractive public spaces emerge in a densely populated city? In recent years, they were created as a result of urban renewal projects following the collapse of Japan’s bubble economy in 1990, as public and private sectors worked together to enhance the quality of daily life for city dwellers. The exhibition explores the ways in which spaces in Tokyo are born and examines the case study mechanisms of their creation.

All visitors are welcome at the event. Details are as follows:

The 4th Seoul Urban Architecture Biennale
Period: September 1 (Fri.) - October 29 (Sun.)
Location: Open Seonghyeon Green Plaza, Seoul Urban Architecture Exhibition Hall, Seoul City Hall Citizens Hall and surrounding areas.
Participants: 132 teams from 65 countries, 31 universities, 29 government and public organizations


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