On 5/9 at 6:30 p.m., the Van Alen Institute in N.Y. will present a lecture by Peter Rowe (professor of architecture and urban design) and conversation with John Hong (adjunct associate professor of architecture and MArch ‘96) and Jinhee Park (design critic in architecture and MArch '02) as part of the exhibit Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul.
Since it opened in 2005, the Cheonggyecheon River Project in Central Seoul has become a prominent aspect of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s efforts to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Rowe will present his in-depth research on the interrelated historical factors, planning concerns, environmental effects and impacts on property development that the restoration has catalyzed. Drawing on his publication A City and Its Stream: The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project, Rowe’s lecture will examine these profound transformations in the city’s urban conditions and future aspirations.
Deconstruction/Construction, curated by Joan Busquets (professor in practice of urban planning and design), was first presented at the GSD in 2010 and is the second exhibition in Van Alen’s series River City: Waterfront Design for Civic Life. The exhibit runs through June 1. Further details are at the Van Alen Institute website.