Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi with Sung Chul and Jun Chul Whang
Moderated by Jinhee Park and John Hong
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6:30 p.m. Registration and Reception
7:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss will discuss their winning master plan and concept design for Taekwondo Park, in Muju, Korea. Korea’s rapid urban development has brought with it a renewed interest in the design of public spaces and cultural institutions, an emphasis on sustainability, and an awareness of the importance of preserving open spaces.
Taekwondo Park, a dynamic gateway to the physical and philosophical world of Taekwondo, establishes an athletic and cultural destination for the sport’s 70 million practitioners from around the world. The new athletic and cultural destination will be located on a 600-acre site, in an area noted for its hilly terrain and nationally protected forests. Weiss/Manfredi based their design for Taekwondo Park around three distinct precincts that represent body, mind, and spirit. Bridges and pathways link a sequence of programs ranging from the spectacle of the arena to the serenity of a healing-center retreat. Throughout the park, the distinction between building and site is blurred—architectural elements and buildings are imagined as an inhabitable topography. One continuous park, weaving architecture, landscape, and infrastructure, embodies the spirit of Taekwondo and reflects the drama intrinsic to the site.
Following the presentation of the project, Taekwondo project consultants Sung Chul and Jun Chul Whang of Westside Taekwondo will join the discussion, which will be moderated by Jinhee Park and John Hong, partners of Single speed Design.
This program is part of the Korea Society’s Design Currents: Architecture and Architects in Korea series. For a full list of events related to the series, visit The Korea Society’s homepage.
Tickets are free for League members; $10 for Korea Society members and non-member students; $20 for non-members. League members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Korea Society members and non-members should click here to purchase a ticket.
Organized by The Korea Society and co-presented by The Architectural League. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.
Image: Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi