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My Version of Globalization: Doojin Hwang at TEDxSeoul

Doojin Hwang is a village architect and hanok (traditional Korean house) architect. Since 2002, he has settled down in Seochon, an area right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, leading major projects taking place within 10 km radius in his neighborhood. After his studies in modern architecture at Seoul National University and Yale University, Hwang was first introduced to hanok by joining a hanok renovation project and now he is recognized as a representative hanok architect of Korea. His portfolio ranges from modern to traditional architecture as well as a combination of the two; Mumuheon, Open Books Publishing office building, Choonwondang, Gahoeheon, Han River Bridge rest area, and Gallery Artside are some good examples. His experience with hanok was made into a book, Hanok Is Back (2007), written by the architect himself. At Mokryun Hall, a private owned public space of his Seochon office, a sarangbang (lit. reception room in a hanok house for male guests) event called Yeongchu Forum has been held for its 48th time.At the first TEDxSeoul held in 2009, Hwang talked about a unique Korean identity of today throwing a question -- 'Where are you starting from? And what is your Korea?'A 21st century-type man who embraces both the traditional and modern exists not only in Korea, but also and of course in other countries across the world. If Hwang talked about distinct characteristics of the situation of Korea and its potential, this time he gives attention to the progress of the local expanding beyond boundaries and achieving universalityTEDxSeoul 4th Event '?' (the stage, the platform, the network) - 05/27/12About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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