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Mass Studies – South Korea wins Golden Lion for Best National Participation


At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Golden Lion for Best National Participation was awarded to South Korea for the exhibition “Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula”. The Pavilion was curated by Mass Studies Founder Minsuk Cho, who will be speaking at the IAF’s NEWNOWNEXT talk in September in Dublin.

The pavillion featured architecture from both North and South Korea. The exhibit was divided into four sub-themes; reconstructing life, monumental state, borders and utopian tours. Cho was assisted by Curators Pai Hyung-min, Ahn Chang-mo and deputy curator Lee Ji-hoi. The exhibition contains almost 40 projects which aim to highlight issues of unification and division, connecting a shared past to a potentially shared future through architecture and urbanism.

Other awards
The Silver Lion for a National Participation went to Chile for “Monolith Controversies”.
The Silver Lion for best research project in the Monditalia section went to Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation for “Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-home TV Urbanism.”
The three Special Mentions to National Participations went to Canada for “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15”, France for “Modernity: promise or menace?”, and Russia for “Fair Enough: Russia’s Past Our Present”.
The jury also assigned three Special Mentions to research projects in the Monditalia section, which went to Radical Pedagogies: ACTION-REACTION-INTERACTION, Intermundia and Italian Lines.
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Phyllis Lambert.

On September 10th 2014, Minsuk Cho will be speaking at NEWNOWNEXT, which is a series of public talks curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Arup, revealing current and next generation ideas and architects from across the globe. For more information click here.

Picture: Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula at the Korean Pavilion