AGI Congress Seoul

26 — 29.09.2016

DDP, Art Hall 2

Sep 24-25

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is the newest and most iconic landmark in Korean design industry. Located at the center of the Dongdaemun area, the DDP serves as a key venue for all design-related shows and conferences, exhibitions, and other events and gatherings.
The DDP was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Hadid focused on the dynamism of the Dongdaemun area, which is in a state of constant flux from the early morning to late night. Her design, entitled “Metonymic Landscape,” uses the historical, cultural, social, and economic characteristics of the area. Based on the concept of a “Metonymic Landscape” and reminiscent of flowing water, the DDP embraces both Korean tradition and the future of ever-changing design, as well as spatial flexibility.

The AGI Open will be held in the beautiful and spatious Art Hall 2 of the DDP. Art Hall 2 is one of two spectacular spaces in the DDP that host large events. The spaces are known for their pristine and cascading white walls and unique atmosphere.

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Sep 26-27

The main venue of the AGI Congress will be the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art - one of the leading museums of Korea with a beautiful cultural space. Located in the very hip and evolutionary Hannam-dong area, Leeum is known for its distinctive architecture designed by Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, and Mario Botta which form a very unique overlapping experience of three very different buildings. Known for its unique mix of both contemporary international art as well as traditional, local Korean historical works, the Leeum Museum of Art is a cornerstone of culture here in Seoul.

DDP, Designer’s Lounge

Welcome Reception
Sep 25, 18:30

The welcome reception will be held in the DDP’s Designer's Lounge. The Designer’s Lounge occupies both an interior and exterior space. Sitting on a grassy hill, the space is beautiful on September evenings. With a beautiful overall view of the DDP as well as the surrounding local architecture of the Dongdaemun area, the Designer’s Lounge will host the welcome reception both inside and outside.

Westin Chosun Hotel

Gala Dinner
Sep 28, 19:00

Westin Chosun Hotel
106, Sogong-ro
Jung-gu, Seoul

The AGI Congress will end with a special Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel. This luxurious and historic hotel is located near city hall in the middle of Seoul. The Westin Chosun Hotel has existed for over 100 years making it one of Seoul’s oldest and historic hotels.

DDP, Art Hall

Special Project
Sep 25, 18:30

This year's special project, I LOVE SEOUL, will be held at the Art Hall of the DDP. The Art Hall is a long and beatiful space that is considered one of the central arteries at the heart of the DDP complex. The AGI Open will also commence at Art Hall 2 and the exhibition will be located as an introductory experience for the entire AGI events and festivities at DDP.

DDP, Academy Hall

General Assembly
Sep 29

The main venue of the AGI General Assembly will be at the Academy Hall at the DDP. The Academy Hall is a multi-function space that serves as both lounge, study room, meeting room and assembly room for large and small scale events. This too is known for its distinctive use as an interconnecting space within the DDP masterplan. The space is the official host of the DDP Forum, a series of lectures devoted to discussing design and local developments.

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