Call for applications for Social Architecture: Open Political Spaces – Announcements

Call for applications for Social Architecture: Open Political Spaces
From September 19 to 25, 2022, 6 p.m.

Space Coordinator
41, Changgyeonggung-ro 43-gil, Seongbuk-gu
South Korea


The Space Coordinator, in collaboration with the Seoul Metropolitan City, Korea, invites young architects from all over the world to submit short films for the Young Architects Competition Social architecture: open political spaces.

Initiated by the Space Coordinator in 2020 as part of the Seoul Metropolitan City Architecture Promotion Program, Social architecture explored topical issues such as post-Covid-19 architecture (2020) and climate change (2021).

The underlying assumption here is that architecture can change politics. We hope to discuss and debate possibilities for political spaces that reflect the contemporary, respond to today’s open society, and affect political practice. Cheong Wa Dae, the former executive office and residence of the President of South Korea, having opened to the public and the new branch of the National Assembly to be built in the city of Sejong, the de facto administrative capital of the South Korea, political spaces have become the focus of national attention in Korea. However, political spaces have rarely been a popular topic in architecture; maybe because of their durability or similarity around the world or why they have changed so little over the centuries[1]. Recalling the presence and nature of political spaces, we hope that this call will inspire architects to revisit and reinterpret existing architecture serving as stages for political actors and to propose new scenarios ranging from minimal interventions to visions for future cities. .

The call is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in architecture obtained in September 2007 or later. Winners receive a total of KRW 15,000,000 and the Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor’s Prize. In addition, online and offline events will be organized to present the selected works.

Space Coordinator
Founded in 2008 by Jang Yoongyoo, director of Unsangdong Architects Cooperation and professor at Kookmin University, Space Coordinator has developed programs to support artists and architects. We believe in the potential of creative conflict. As a platform, we bring together different ideas and perspectives to inspire cross-disciplinary exchange.

Since 2020, she has organized Social Architecture, a competition for young architects organized in partnership with Seoul Metropolitan City. In 2022, he launched a new Instagram-based architecture competition series Space Coordinator open to everyone, including non-majors interested in each edition’s theme, which this time was Seoul. Selected works were featured in the exhibition she co-curated with Architecture Design Institution of Korea, Future architecturewhich took place at the Total Museum in Seoul, inviting 10 architects from 5 countries.

Open call guidelines to download here.

Applications will be submitted to =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);});return false”>spacecoordinator.projects [​at​]
Submission documents: original short film FHD, MP4, 16:9, application file and diploma
Please download the app here
Short films must be 5 minutes or less.
*Selected works from previous editions of the open call here.

Prices and benefits
All winning projects will receive the Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor’s Award and may be displayed on online and offline architectural events.
–1st prize, 10,000,000 KRW (1 person/team)
–2nd prize, 3,000,000 KRW (1 person/team)
–3rd prize, 1,000,000 KRW (2 people/teams)
-Honourable Mentions

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[1] Victor Hildebrandt, 2017, Why political space matters4CITIES, accessed July 26, 2022,

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