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Asia Culture Center, Dreaming of the New Ground in Asia

Asia Culture Center, Dreaming of the New Ground in Asia
The Asia Culture Center (ACC) opens on the 4th of September this year. It’s been about 11 years since the 2004 project began. The ACC completed construction in September last year, but is still making its preparations for the opening exhibition, inviting concern over the lack of content to fill this gigantic building. Its total site area is about 90,000m2 and its gross area is about 140,000m2 — twice as large as the DDP. However, the ACC is now the only cultural center that operates under the guiding theme ‘Asia’ and therefore, it is timely that we consider whether ACC will be able to fulfill its role of representing the full extent of Asia’s culture. In this vein, five different centers (the ACC Culture Exchange, ACC Archive & Research, ACC Creation, ACC Theater, ACC Children) ran its own pilot programmes, held a number of forums with local experts and in preparation of the exhibition.

SPACE, in special themed issue, ‘Culture, Politics, Human and City: Hub City of Asian Culture’ and ‘Making a New topographic Map of the Cultural City: Hub City of Asian Culture’, featured the making of a cultural city currently in progress in Korea and the concurrent urban development project in Gwangju, with a focus upon ACC. The final image of the construction will be made public for the first time in this issue, both in images and blueprints. This issue will also carry an interview with Kyu Sung Woo, the architect of ACC, and in this interview speak to the theoretical framework standing behind this construction — the one that is now a landmark with its own unique ‘placeness’. Furthermore, it will feature in detail the short and long-term projected plans for the contents of the centers. Lastly, it will point out several challenges that surfaced during the preparation phase and reflect upon such errors, and seek to propose new strategies for cultural management.

edited by Park Gyehyun, Shim Youngkyu | designed by Lee Noeul | materials provided by Kyu Sung Woo Architects | photographed by Yoon Joonhwan

Asia Culture Center, Dreaming of the New Ground in Asia (p. 62)
Project | Asia Culture Center – Kyu Sung Woo Architects (p. 64)
Interview | Kyu Sung Woo: A Revealed Symbolic Aspects through the Placeness_ Park Gyehyun (p. 72)
Report | Opening of the Asia Culture Center: Dreams and Phenomena_ Park Gyehyun (p. 76)
Article | A Cultural Management Strategy for a Glocal City_ Lee Muyong (p. 80)
Interview | Kim Sunjung, Mok Jin-Yo, Kim Hyukjin, Kim Seonghee: Gathering and Spreading Out Five Centers_ Shim Youngkyu (p. 84)

▶You can find full-text of articles on the issue: September 2015. Vol.574 
no.574 (2015.September ) 
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The Spatio-Temporal Politics of Panmunjom
A Place for Literature in the Seongdong-gu Office: Seongdong BookMARU
The History of Seochon Carved into Brick: The Chebu-dong Community Cultural Center
Who Creates the Future?: The Hankook Tire TechnoDome
Between Park and Plaza: Geumcheon Folly Park
Solar Pine: A Pavilion that Lights up its Surroundings
Respect, Modesty and the Way it is: The 5th Anyang Public Art Project
Homage to Korean Modern Architecture: ‘40 years of Architecture’
A New Way of Viewing Jikji: ‘JIKJI, the Golden Seed’
A Village in the Precincts of Temple, Duck Village and the Next One: The Hama Village Project
Unfortgettable: The Years Ahead
The Fabric Laboratory of Nameless Architecture: On Ne Sait Jamais Pangyo
Thomas Heatherwick: Design Has No Boundary
A Village of Teachers Envisioning a Community Based Life: KNU Village
Illuminating Influence: ‘A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond’
Opening the New Heart of Paris: The Canopy
The Passing of the Act on the Division of Design and the Supervision of Small Scale Buildings and the Future Ahead
Absence, Self-Reference, Disputes and Tomorrow: ‘Graphic Design 2005–2015, Seoul’
The Epicentre of Making Hong Kong the Art Hub of Asia: Art Basel Hong Kong 2016
Seoul’s New Network Connects with ‘Dong’ Community Centers
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The Discouraged Dream of Idealists and the Future of Our City: Beyond Big Plans
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Expansion & Conflict, The 13th Docomomo International Conference Seoul
An Economic-Evaluative Meaning of the Korean DMZ
Reaching for an Unforetold Ignition Point: Gwangju Biennale ‘Burning Down the House’
A Travel Destination Created by Architects, Boutique Hotels
A New Korean Platform for the Young Architect
The Possibilities, Limitations and Future Prospects of Student Architectural Organisations
The Value of the DMZ from an Ecological Perspective
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