Members of the GSD alumni community in South Korea celebrated architectural, design, political, cultural, and societal interests in Korea with four GSD Korea year-end events for 2016. The December events served as a platform for engagement in cultural, professional, and academic practices of contemporary Korea and furthering relationships with the larger academic community, including the 500-member Harvard Korea Society.
Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and director of research at the GSD, traveled to Korea to give the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Guest Lecture titled: “Smart Cities: From Technology to Design.” The lecture argued that the rise of the smart city approach represents a true revolution in the relations between cities, technology, and society and was based on his newest book, Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015), which discusses the impact of digital culture on cities. Another highlight of his visit was his talk and dinner at SKM Architects hosted by Ken Sungjin Min MAUD ’93, principal at SKM Architects. Additionally, members of GSD Korea enjoyed two year-end dinners: the Harvard University and All Graduate Schools Year-end dinner (Dec. 4) and the GSD Korea Annual Year-end Dinner (Dec. 10).