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‘Space Prize for International Students of Architecture Design’ which is being established as gateway to success for
architecture students has also contributed to consolidation of the cultural soil for the Korean architecture
by suggesting such themes as honor the tradition and Zeitgeist of the Korean culture.
2014 ' the  32 th space prize for international students of architectural design
The Epoch of Space Politics: What to Do About the DMZ for Peace



Kim Hyejung (professor, Myongji University)


Leigh Seungbok (professor, Yonsei University)

- Seminar:
 May 9th, 2014, 14:00 (UTC+09:00) at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Artist House at Daehak-ro, Seoul, Korea
- Registration: Jun. 2 - Sep. 1, 2014 (Online only)             
- Submission deadline: Oct. 6, 2014, 17:00 (UTC +09:00)
- Announcement of preliminary round results: Oct. 14, 2014
- Final round adjudication and awards ceremony: Nov. 4, 2014
- Finalists exhibition: Nov. 4 – 11, 2014 
* This schedule is subject to change.

Politicians, social workers and religious leaders worldwide are currently faced with the challenge of finding peaceful solutions to a host of ideological conflicts.
From ancient times to more recent days, the development of architecture has been intrinsically related to ideological and political issues. Architecture is both a useful tool and a powerful art that can be used to send out a message with plentiful expression. The twentieth century, with its tidal wave in the shifting of political, social and economic powers, gave birth to new urban landscapes and architecture in the aftermath of the war. Critical perspectives on the combative and masculine architectural form that now fill our cities, however, have led to diverse attempts to find a new kind of architecture.
As social power shifts towards the public, a reinterpretation of new powers, and the recreation of an expression of authority in architecture is at hand. The political significance of architecture must shift away from the former supportive role of power and ideology.
Changing consciousness through architecture is possible. Sharing and inhabiting a common space means as much as sharing the same ideology and philosophy of life. Can architecture claim its own powerful sense of ownership to peacefully resolve the conflicts of ideology and religion?

Project - DMZ Observation Platform for Peace
The designated project has been given as the ‘DMZ Observation Platform for Peace’. Students must propose an Observation Platform to ease and facilitate reconciliation on the site of the Demilitarized Zone of the Korea Peninsula. The view seen from the observation platform is subject to the student’s choice, and three or more platform spaces must exist. Students must personally hypothesize what can be experienced, observed and contemplated for peace in an area of such heightened ideological conflict. The concept of the platform may be physical or conceptual.
One must be able to have a circulation and system experience on the Observation Platform, and the proposal must include a programme in which the dynamism of change towards peace can accumulate. The process of interpreting the subject matter, and the process of experiencing the suggested space, will take place through the construction of an ‘Observation Platform for Peace’ expressed through the proposed architectural structure and system.
The location can be flexibly designated to suit the concepts drafted by students, as long as it lies within the DMZ which is designated at 2km from north to south, and 250km from east to west. The size of the Observation Platform can be flexibly set from small to large scale areas within 30 minute walking distance, including horizontal, vertical, diagonal, circular, whirlwind, free lines and including any linear movement of any form. A future oriented and creative Observation Platform for world peace must be proposed, and in the case that many individual platforms are proposed, each artifact must adhere to architectural conditions that can be applied to the site.
The DMZ is a land torn apart by the ravages of war, a conflict that occurred due to ideological clashes. As a land devoid of culture and civilization for the past sixty years, it is a site which must regain its closeness to humanity in preparation for a peaceful reunification. A multitude of approaches can be employed. Socio-cultural approaches can interpret the site by reiterating the relationship between site-specific, temporal and human conditions; ‘poetic’ descriptions can be used as an approach to sublimate the essence of peace into architectural language through psychological approaches; a platform focusing on the socio-economic values can also be employed, across a variety of perspectives. On the other hand, there is the method of ‘greening’ through green technology. As a synthesis of green technology and architecture, a platform may be constructed as a base aiming towards ‘green détente’ to cease the political, social and economic relations of the cold war while resolving economic and environmental problems. The Observation Platform must become a dynamic space in which ‘the spirit of peace’ can repeat a cycle of accumulation and creation, to encompass politics, ideology, economics, the environment, ecology and religion. <Kim Hyejung>

 Prizes and Awards

- Grand Prize (1 team): 5 million KRW, testimonial, medal
- Prize of DMZ Green Future (1 team): 3 million KRW, testimonial, medal
- Prize of Excellence (1 team): 2 million KRW, testimonial
- Special Prize (3 teams): 1 million KRW, testimonial per team
- Honorable Mention (5 teams): testimonial, 2-year SPACE subscription
- Selected Works (many): testimonial, 1-year SPACE subscription 

- International undergraduate and graduate students (as of 4 Nov. 2014)
- Students on leave of absence included.
- Teams limited to a maximum of 3 individuals.

- Register as a member at 
- Apply for the competition, and pay the application fee.
- Application fee: 60 USD
- Application is completed if the application fee is paid.
- Application fee is non-refundable.
- Application details can be changed only before the application deadline.

* The subject of work can be modified at the time of submission


- Q&A board of 'Prize' section at
- Tel: +82-2-396-3359

 Submissions Guidelines
Preliminary Submission
1. A single digital file of a design panel
- A panel in A0 size, portrait direction only
- File format & size: *.pdf, *.jpg / must be under 30MB
- Official language is English.
- Personal information that includes applicant's identification should not be written. Only the title and the registration number should be specified on the first page.
- Registration number – which is provided when the registration is completed (AR+13digits) – and the title should be written inside the box on the bottom right corner (4cmX2cm).
2. Application certificate
* captured or printed out from <Application Verification / Revision> on the website

3. Enrollment certificate (all team members)
* After the announcement of the preliminary judging result, notification on final judging and publishing requirements will be given to each qualified team.
Secondary Submission
1.  A file for presentation
- Material for presentation within 20 pages
- File format & size: *.pptx / must be under 10MB
2. Project description
- within 250 words
Submission Method
E-mail transfer only (address:
File name: application number(AR+13 digits)_contects(panel/application/enrollment).format’
(ex. AR1403031234567_panel.jpg etc.)
1. The preliminary judging selects qualified teams and the final judging decides the awards.
2. Works submitted to other competitions or plagiarized are eliminated from judging. Even if such works win a prize, the prize will be revoked later.
3. Submissions that do not comply with competition rules or formats might be placed at a disadvantage during judging. 
4. The organizer retains the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, and hold exhibitions regarding winning entries to the competition.  
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