SEOUL, South Korea, Sept 05 (Korea Bizwire) – From narrow, steep alleyways in hillside shanty towns to backstreets with rows of centuries-old traditional houses, Seoul has many faces hidden from public view. But these are exactly where you can find and hear life stories of real Seoulites. The Seoul Design Foundation said on September 5 that it would hold the 2013 International Conference on Alleys on the 12th at the Seoul Museum of History auditorium in downtown Seoul.
With the theme of “Rediscovering Urban Alleys,” the conference will begin with a keynote speech by Seung H-Sang of Iroje Architects & Planners. It will be followed by presentations of Francisco Sanin (Syracuse University’s School of Architecture), Park So-hyun (Seoul National University), Yoshitaka Mori (Tokyo University of the Arts), and Li-Ling Huang (National Taiwan University).
The panel will be presided over by Chang Young-seok (Culture Keepers Foundation), with discussants including Cho-Han Hyejung (Yonsei University), Yoo Chang-bok (Seoul City Community Creation Support Center), Cho Jung-ku (Guga Urban Planning), Kwon Sang-ku (Daegu Jung-gu Urban Space Creation Center), and Jun Amanto (Salon de Amanto).
In the afternoon session, 30 of participants can walk with the presenters through the alleyways of Chungwoon and Hyoja-dong near Kyeongbok Palace. Separately a photo exhibition themed with alleys will be held in Haneul Gallery within the new City Hall building for a month between September 7 and October 6.
To participate, contact the foundation through its website (www.seouldesign.or.kr). You can walk in without appointment. Admissions are free. For further information, call the Seoul Design Foundation at 02-3705-0047 or send email at email@example.com.