Simultaneous City: Temple Terrace, Florida Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
Simultaneous City: Temple Terrace, Florida Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream PS1 Workshop: Summer 2011
Public Dreams and Private Needs The Museum of Modern Art Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
Foreclosed Open Studios: Visible Weather Michael Bell and Eunjeong Seong with Jesse Keenan
EJ Eunjeong Seong is an architect and founder of Visible Weather. Visible Weather uses visualization of data and demographics in relation to policy, geography, and constituency needs as a means to define and launch new initiatives in housing.
Seong holds a degree in Architectural Engineering, INHA University, Incheon, and a Master of Architecture Degree, Columbia University, where she was awarded the Matthew W. Del Gaudio Memorial Award from the New York Society of Architects for excellence in total design over the six-semester program. Seong has extensive experience in housing design in the United States and Korea and prior to forming Visible Weather she was a project designer at SHoP Architects, Dean/Wolf, and SPACE Group, Seoul. She was the founding director of a New York City design office for Yamasaki Associates in 2007. Seong’s architectural design and urban design work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Van Alen Institute in New York. Her work has been presented in lectures and conferences in New York at the Museum of Modern Art as well as Columbia University and PS1. It has also been shown MSNBC, Fox Business News and Reuters television. Seong has also written for SPACE magazine where she was a contributing editor.
Seong is a faculty member at Pratt Institute and has taught at RPI, the Parsons School of Design and RISD.
News and Recent Projects
New York, February 15, 2012: The Museum of Modern Art: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, February 15- August 13, 2012
New York, September 19, 2011: The Museum of Modern Art previews work for January 2012 exhibition at MoMA. Arch Daily News: "Update: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream."
New York, April 25, 2011: Eunjeong Seong and Michael Bell will lead a team for a study of American cities and suburbs as part the exibition, Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at the Museum of Modern Art. The initiative will examine new architectural possibilities for American cities and suburbs in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis in the United States. Organized by Barry Bergdoll, the MoMA Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture, with Reinhold Martin, Director of the Columbia University Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream will enlist five interdisciplinary teams of architects to envision a rethinking of housing and related infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, particularly in U.S. suburbs.
Eunjeong Seong and Michael Bell; PS1 / MoMA Open House Presentation. September 17, 2011
Van Alen Institute, in cooperation with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, is pleased to present "Flatiron High and Low," an exhibition of photographs, architects' renderings, vintage views, and film footage spotlighting two centuries of building culture in the Flatiron district. The exhibition imaginatively explores the multiple meanings of high and low - from height and cost to technology and culture - and showcases the built juxtapositions, typological mixtures, and architectural inventions characteristic of this Manhattan neighborhood.
The exhibition is curated by architectural historian Joan Ockman and designed by architect Eunjeong Seong. Urban archivist Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, is the exhibition consultant, and selections from her collection of vintage postcards will be on view in the show. Participants in the panel discussion will be architect Shohei Shigematsu, partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and director of OMA* AMO New York; Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture; Carol Willis, architectural historian and founder of the Skyscraper Museum; and James Wines, artist, architect, and founder of SITE, the multidisciplinary architecture and environmental arts organization. The moderator will be Deborah Berke, principal of Deborah Berke and Partners Architects and professor of architectural design at Yale. RSVPs (firstname.lastname@example.org) are required for the panel discussion.
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News and Recent Publications
SPACE Magazine, Volume No. 482; Editor: Lee Sang-leem.
"Collaborators for the New Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion"
Eunjeong Seong interviews Toshihiro Oki, project architect, SANAA and Brett Schneider, structural engineer, Guy Nordenson Associates.
"The role of the project architect is increasingly critical: As architectural practices increasingly rely on geographically dispersed networks of collaborators and consultants, the project architect at the center of the network increasingly must interpret the goals of the team. Moreover, this person is charged with finding and acting preemptively to secure experts across a broader geographical industry and from an array of possible options. This role must satisfy the needs of the client, but also those of the collaborators and the architect, especially since primary decision-making is increasingly regulated early in the design process by cost in our current industry. SPACE interviewed Toshihiro Oki, who worked as a project architect for the two SANAA projects built in the U.S., namely the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, which presented solutions to energy problems of glass buildings to great acclaim, and the New Museum with its delicate finishing touches at work to achieve the image of controlled boxes. Together they form a controlled architectural aesthetics unique to SANAA. In this feature we pay attention particularly to the inside stories of the numerous studies and experiments in the process of completing SANAA’s aesthetics." Eunjeong Seong, introductory text.
Yamasaki Associates / EJ Seong: Founding Director, New York Office / Project Designer
Intenational Bank, Qatar
A worldwide resurgence in the High Rise towers: The IBQ Tower must distinguish itself in new ways. Total Stories: 32 Stories / Total Gross Floor Area: 61,000 sm / Above Ground: 39,000 sm / Below Ground Parking Area: 23,000 sm The role of the office tower is today emerging in a new light and in a newly global context. The tower as an iconographic symbol is also changing and is less tied to any one city and perhaps now better understood as part of a constellation of world cities and world towers. Central to this is also a rising demand for better quality and healthier workspaces, more energy efficient buildings—in fact, technologically advanced buildings—and also structurally innovative and safe buildings.
There is a worldwide growth in investment in new towers—but the race to be the most iconographic and memorable, is now equally tempered by a respect and even demand for technologically sophisticated and advanced performing towers. Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, and others, have decades proposed a new quality of work place by focusing on technology as much as visual form—but today there are advances in computer aided design and in the integration of consultants from glass specialists to energy calculations that allows a new flourishing of invention in design.
Optic and Environmental Treatment
The building's façade dissolves into a mosaic of light and shadow reflecting the unique circumstances of the day, month and year. Shadows form to protect windows from direct light; a flux of shadow on planar surfaces move quickly and shape light to create new experience at every turn, yet the overall form and figure of tower remains. The work of Chuck Close served as a model for an optical façade for the tower, for the orchestration of light and the provision of formal recognition. Shadows form and protect windows from harsh light; a flux of shadow and planar surfaces move quickly and shape light and create new experience at every turn, yet the iconography of IBQ Tower is kept clear and strong in the distance.
Design Strategies for Building Envelope and Massing based on Climate 1. How does the Plan configuration assist with climate issues: Avoiding direct sun light, the south and west facade are thickened by shading frames. 2. Why does the building have an outward incline? At a macro scale the outwardly inclined building elevation creates shields the facade from direct sunlight: this dramatically reduces the cooling needs for the building. 3.Why are we making a deep frame? A rendering shows how the structural frame of the building also forms a shading pattern; deep and shallow shadows according to the angle of the sun.
Renderings model the building facade over the course of the day.
December 7:00 AM Shadow Area of South Facade: 35%
December 10:00 AM- 25%
December 2:00 PM-15%
December 4:00 PM- 20%
December 6:00 PM- 35%
June 7:00 AM Shadow Area of North Facade: 90%
June 10:00 AM-100%
June 2:00 PM- 45%
June 4:00 PM- 30%
June 6:00 PM- 25%
It is possible to create many options and unique effects in IBQ facade design. The placement of the glass envelope in relation to the building frame (and its depth) allows a complex array of surfaces and creates a unique and evolving facade on each facade and from each viewing angle.
SHoP Architects / Principal: Gregg Pasquarelli and Chris Sharples / EJ Seong: Project Designer
Arboretum Place Principal: Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects, P.C. EJ Seong: Lead Designer Location: Washington D.C. Lot Size: 5.0 Acre Client: Clark Development Program: Condominium/ Rental Apartment/Retail Amenity- Restaurant, Pool, Gym, Meeting Room Units: 625+ Units Total Floor Area: 1,023,057 sf
Parking Area: 427,298 sf Arboretum Place is designed with idea of super block that give denser community but sharing courtyard that usually missed in the denser development, which we thought very appropriate in the city environment in terms of energy and reinvigorate the community since this neighbor has been deserted after the big riot with fire. This project is phased three stages due to market situation, which is very normal for the big development and targeted to the middle-low income tenants.
Program: Condominium and Time Share Hotel/ Amenity-Restaurant, Spa, Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Bar, Lobby
Kathryn Dean, Principal / Dean/Wolf Architects / EJ Seong: Project Designer
Principal: Kathryn Dean, Dean/Wolf Architects
EJ Seong: Lead Designer
Location: Tribeca, New York
Remodeled Floor Area: 7,000 sf
Remodeled stories: 5stories
Client: Tracey Gaffney
Manhattan Townhouse is an addition and renovation of a Tribeca loft building. Conceived as an excavation of dissipating energy, three double story volumes are voided from the center of the building.
Kathryn Dean, Principal / Dean/Wolf Architects / EJ Seong: Project Designer
Principal: Kathryn Dean
EJ Seong: Lead Designer
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Remodeled Floor Area: 1,200 sf
Remodeled Exterior Area:500 sf
Client: Moss Zevin
Program: Residence-Kitchen/ Living Room
Feature: AIA New York Chapter 2007 Design Awards
Interior Architecture Honor Award Winners
Teaching and Academic Experience Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons-The New School for Design
Eunjeong Seong has taught architectural design studios at Rhode Island School of Design and at Parson-the New School for Design in New York. Her teaching at RISD was supported by the architecture firm of Perkins + Will, and a team of consulting engineers including Atelier Ten, Mark Malekshahi, Toshihiro Oki, who enhanced the technical goals of the studio.
Syllabus; Fall, 2008 The Rhode Island School of Design
Course Materials are available on request for courses at RISD and Parsons.
Columbia University / Graduate School of Architecture / Master of Architecture Program
Seong holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. At Columbia she received the Matthew W. Del Gaudio Memorial Award from the New York Society of Architects for excellence in total design over the six semester graduate program. Seong also received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial for best studio project, and a post-graduate William Kinne Fellowship for travel/research.
Professor: Chris Sharples Food Market and Exhibition, Korea 2002
Professor: Stan Allen Green Infrastructure, Ohio, 2001
Professor: Karla Rothstein Housing, New York City, 2000
Professor: Reinhold Martin Public Library SoHo, 2000
Professor: Laurie Hawkinson TKTS Booth Lincoln Center New York, 1999