Convergent Flux (Exhibition)

convergent flux entry

Harvard University, Gund Hall Gallery

Curated by Jinhee Park, the exhibit emerged from a semester-long research project with students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As the first cross-disciplinary exhibition on Korean Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design mounted in the United States, the featured work exemplifies the interrelated trajectories that mark the contemporary condition in Korea: Six organizational operatives—historical transformation, accelerated density, topographical syntax, material identity, ecological intersection, and infrastructural alliance—map the individual works in a relational field. While this synthetic structure delineates the rich and specific sociocultural ground from which the projects emerge, it also provides a transferability of the concepts embodied in the work to other situations beyond the boundaries of this particular nation. Finally, these mappings allow a temporary critical pause within the accelerated production that allows us re-evaluate the work and positively shape its future evolution. The contents of the exhibit are now available in book titled, Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea.


The exhibition draws from the continuously emerging and hybridized condition in contemporary Korean society that has offered such a fertile and dynamic territory for experimentation. The six trajectories converge and diverge organizing the projects in momentary relationships that open up a ground for discussion and critique.

The 6 trajectories begin from the endwall:  as they converge, they become both literal and conceptual intersections from which the content is structured.  As the space moves linearly through the gallery, the hanging panels define ‘rooms’ where one can pause and form relationships between the projects.  The static content on the walls become further describe each of the six trajectories.

View from main entry: the project panels are first understood as a single elevation.

Quotes from the designers, video interviews, and data on Korean urban phenomena are placed on the walls to inform the project panels.

Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, introduces the exhibit on opening night, February 5th, 2010.


The culminating event was the symposium, ‘Convergent Flux: Extended Topographies and the Korean Urban Condition,’ in Piper auditorium at the Harvard GSD.  Seung H-Sang, Pai Hyung Min, Suh Hailim, and Park Yoonjin each presented and enganged in a discussion with Jinhee Park and John Hong.



Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design Pat Roberts, Executive Dean Hannah Peters, Associate Dean of External Affairs

Jinhee Park, John Hong

Hailim Suh, Lecturer in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design

exhibition research and design team
(GSD seminar participants under the direction of the curatorial team with Hailim Suh and the Exhibitions Department of the GSD). Christina Cho, Kent Gould, Mark Holmquist, Okhyun Kim, Sooran Kim, Clara Lee, Jinje Lee, Moran Lee, Greg GhunWhan Park, Gyoung Tak Park, Terry Sung Park, Hyun Ji Ryu, John Son, Jeong Jun Song, Kyung Ho Won, Hyun Tek Yoon, Hyung Jae Yu, Seung Ho Choi (photographer)

exhibition team
Dan Borelli, exhibitions Shannon Stecher, Exhibitions and Publications Melissa Vaughn, Publications

GSD fabrication and installation team
Frank Braman, Jef Czekaj, Alex DeMaria, Jack Mauch, Jared May, Reid Schwartz, Dave Stuart, Joanna Vouriotis

historical advisor
Jin Baek, Associate Professor, Seoul National University

GSD event photographer
Aaron Orenstein

supporting organizations
Space Magazine, Harvard University, Choi DuNam, Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism


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