In the history of humankind, architecture has been a vessel that carries the technology, economy, and social images of the times, having enormous influence on the development of human spirit, society and culture beyond times and generations. Also, architecture people have always been one step ahead to seek for the future, playing the role of creating the better civilized society through architectural activities. Today’s architecture is not only the valuable assets of individual social constituents, but also the social asset shared and enjoyed by all the citizens.
Since its foundation in 2001, the Busan Architecture Festival has made efforts to improve the social values of architecture and urbanism in Busan and impart the benefits of architectural culture to its citizens, and I intend to develop this role of BAF even more.
We will endeavor to let the citizens have a pride in the architecture and urbanism of Busan by focusing on demonstrating the hopeful vision of the city that dynamically grows and develops in its beautiful natural landscape where the mountains and the sea make harmony.
We will provide the high-quality content of architectural culture that can let the citizens enjoy cultural benefits better and that contributes to cultivating more sophisticated citizens.
We will endeavor to make an international architectural festival where all people in architecture can be harmonized, as a medium between them and citizens that can make the creative expertise of architectural people in Busan widely known.
Ranging from Rive Gauche in Paris to Guggenheim Bilbao, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and Côte d’Azur in Nice, the second-largest international airport city in France where 14.5 million travelers visit a year, many cities around the world are showing the cases in which the competitiveness of architectural and urban culture is the impetus of the city that drives the creation of its economic values.
In order for BAF to take the lead in improving such vital social values of architecture and creating the urban culture of Busan, we look forward to both citizens and architecture people being together in the festival.