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Serial in ldeal Architecture by ATA; The Beauty of Traditional Chinese Settlements




ATA has surveyed the traditional Chinese settlements since 1995. As a temporary result of the ongoing survey, 10 cases were selected to be described for publication serially in a monthly architectural magazine, ldeal Architecture, from January to October 2003. 

List of selected Chinese settlements for the serial.

part1: Sociology of the settlements
1. Zhaoxingshang-zhai in Guizhou province / 2. Tangmo in Anhui province / 3. Shiqiao-cun in Fujian province   

part2: Thoughts in the settlements
4. Tangyue in Anhui province / 5. Guoyu-cun in Shanxi province

part3: Culture of the settlements 
6. Xidi-cun in Anhui province / 7. Zhouzhang in Jiangsu province

part4: Ecology of the settlements     
8. Hong-cun in Anhui province / 9. Shuhe-cun in Yunnan province / 10. Langdeshang-zhai in Guizhou province 


The First Anniversary of ATA

There was a meeting and party celebrating the first anniversary of ATA studio, on December 7th, 2002 at the ATA studio. At the meeting, the activities of ATA during last one year were evaluated and the plans and schedules of next one year were discussed and arranged. All members of ATA sympathized with one another that they came to have brighter prospect for the next year based on their sincere efforts over the first one year.  

Over past one year, the ATA members enhanced themselves; Juock Lee entered the doctoral course and Hwanju Yoo entered the master course for going on their study at ATA.  With such growth of manpower, ATA published many products of collaboration, one of which is 'ATA 2002 Summer Field Survey Report'.

 On the anniversary, two members, Jaehong Jeon of the doctoral course and Yunhee Kang of the undergraduate course, joined ATA. And the chief of ATA studio was taken over by Bonhwan Gu from Hwanju Yoo who served for a year. 





The 16th Hannam Architectural Exhibition


The 16th Hannam Architectural Exhibition is held at the International Conference Hall of the Engineering building, Hannam University, from December 2 to 6, 2002. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4 pm on December 2nd. The main events of the exhibition are the invited lecture 'Archirecture is a Service.' by professor Seonju Min of Yonsei University, at 2 pm on December 5th, and the open critique at 10 am on December 6th. ATA participates this exhibition with posters displaying traditional houses that were measured by ATA members during last summer vacation. ATA also presents a VOD show on the houses. 


Jaeyoung Jeon's photo Won a Honorable Mention from the Photo Competition by Kirin Co., Ltd.




Jaeyoung Jeon's photo of Hyangdan house at Yangdong village won a honorable mention from the photo competition held by Kirin Co., Ltd., in September, 2002. Jeon, an ATA member, took that photo when he surveyed the Yangdong village, last summer. The photo is expected to be included in the 2003 calendar that will be produced by the sponsor company.

Click to see the prize winning photo


2002 Seoul International Conference on East Asian Architectural History; Traditional Architecture in modern Asia




Professor Pilwon Han presented a paper and moderated a session at the '2002 Seoul International Conference on East Asian Architectural History', titled 'Traditional Architecture in modern Asia (TAmA 2002)'. The conference was held at the Engineer House of Seoul National University, from October 17 to 19, 2002. The topic of the paper presented by professor Han is The Water System of a Korean Clan Village - Based on a Case Study of Wontuh village -. In this paper, it has been verified through experimentation that the water spaces in traditional Korean clan villages have the ideal environmental performance. Professor Han also moderated a session titled 'House types'. ATA members experienced the academic exchange in the age of globalization by participating in the conference in which about 80 papers were presented by the architectural scholars from not only East Asia but many western countries. 


Click below to see the abstract of the paper presented in this conference.

The Water System of a Korean Clan Village

Click here to see the VOD of the paper presentation.


Bongun and Bonhwan Gu of ATA, Selected as a Honorable Mention Winner from the Design Competition for 2002 Daejeon Architectural Exhibition




On September 27, 2002, the design team of Bongun Gu and Bonhwan Gu, dubbed 'Gu brothers' by ATA members, was selected as a honorable mention winner from 'The Design Competition  for 2002 Daejeon Architectural Exhibition'. The Gu brothers' team was selected among more than 100 entries for the competition. Gu brothers' design project for this competition, titled 'Feeling like to go to the island', was developed on the architectural design studio of professor Pilwon Han, during the last semester. Their design was based on architectural logics derived from the urban context of a historic site around the traditional Korean house, Dongchun-dang, which is located in Daejeon city and is designated as a national treasure. 


ATA 2002 Summer Survey




ATA survey team led by Professor Pilwon Han surveyed various hanoks (traditional Korean houses) on the following dates: August 2nd, 5th & 6th, and 13th & 14th of 2002. The hanoks that were surveyed are all designated as 'Important Folklore Materials' by the government. In this survey, Mr. Tim Ciccone, a graduate student of Columbia University, participated. The team surveyed hanoks in the Seosan and Asan areas of Chungcheongnam-do, the Yeongdong area of Chungcheongbuk-do, and the Yeongcheon and Andong areas of Gyeongsangbuk-doThe survey team measured the houses with advanced equipment including a laser pointer to produce the most precise drawings of hanok yet available. 

Click below to see how this expedition has enriched the content of the ATA website.

Traditional Dwellings (Hanok) and Settlements in Korea


ATA research team at a house of Hahoi village where they stayed one nignt.     

Taejon Architectural Design Camp Seminar; How to read the house?




Professor Pilwon Han presented an article in the 'Taejon Architectural Design Camp Seminar' which was held on July 6th, 2002 at Joongbu University. The seminar, titled "How to Read the House?" was organized to discuss the topic of "Reading the House" - the focus of the 14th Taejon Architectural Design Camp. In the seminar, which was presided over by professor Junghoon Yoo (Usong University), presentations were made by Dr. Marya Sarvimaki from Finland, the architect Ilgyo Jung and professor Pilwon Han. Professor Jongheon Kim (Paichai University) and architect Yunha Lee discussed issues arising from presentations. In his presentation, professor Han described the characteristics of the traditional Korean house, hanok, and presented three points of view for analyzing it effectively.      


 ATA and its activities featured by 'Joong-Ang Ilbo'




'Joong-Ang Ilbo', one of the most influential daily newspapers (among the so called "big three") in Korea, has introduced ATA and its activities in detail on its feature article on May 27, 2002. The half-page article, headlined 'The Connection of Karma; Professor Pilwon Han and His Students' focused on ATA's team-oriented research of traditional housing in East Asia. The article also contained the following photo of ATA members:


Professor Han in ARCHFORUM Talk Show (Korean)
         You can meet Professor Pilwon Han on the Architectural Webzine, ARCHFORUM, during May 2002. He, as a guest of the talk show, talks about 'how to elect mayors and councilmen'. Click to hear his two cents on the idea through cyber space!


Expedition to Minority Settlements in Yunnan province, China

  Professor Han and the ATA research team, composed of Park Jinok, Lee Juock, professor Kim Sangkyeum, professor Lee kyuin and Lee's graduate student Kim Kwanjoong have explored minority settlements in Yunnan province, China, from February 18 - 25th, 2002. They found archetypal dwelling in the beautifully sustained settlements of the Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang areas. They came home by way of Beijing where they witnessed a spectacular economic boom that is dramatically changing  the face of China's most important city. 

Click below to see how this expedition has enriched the content of the ATA site.

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China







Yulong-xueshan (Jade Dragon Snowy Mountain; 5,596m above sea level) viewed from Lijiang




ATA showcased in the Italian Architectural Magazine, 'Costruzionidue' 




An article of ATA, The dualistic structure of the east Asian cities in the 20th century, was published on the final 2001 issue of 'Costruzionidue', an Italian architectural magazine. The article which was originally written in Korean has been now translated into English and Italian.  

Struttura urbana duale e citt'a dell'estremo oriente (PDF file; viewed with Acrobat Reader

A Second Workplace for ATA

ATA opened a new workplace on December 8th, 2001. The workplace is located near the Hannam University campus. The place is especially suitable for the team-oriented work methodology of ATA. At the time of the opening, the nine members of ATA hoped that in the future they would look back on this day as a turning point in their professional lives.  




The 15th Hannam Architectural Exhibition



The 15th Hannam Architectural Exhibition is held at the International Conference Hall of the Engineering building, Hannam University, from December 3 to 7, 2001. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 5 pm on December 3rd. The main events of the exhibition are 'Conversation with Seniors' at 2 pm on December 6th, and the open critique by two invited critics, Cho Namho and Lee Choonggi, who are recently on the rise with active design activities. ATA participates this exhibition with posters displaying traditional settlements and houses that were surveyed by ATA members during this semester. ATA also presents a slide show on the settlements and houses.  

Settlement Layout of Wanggok Village         Analysis of Wanggok Village          Heo Samdul's House


Symposium; Traditional Korean Architecture, Problems and Issues




Professor Pilwon Han presided over a symposium, titled "Traditional Korean Architecture; Problems and Issues", sponsored by the Research Institute of Traditional Korean Architecture of Paichai University on November 7, 2001. The purpose of this symposium was to define problems and topics of research and practice in the field of traditional Korean architecture. Seven professionals from relevant fields presented papers and discussed issues on the symposium, as shown below.

- Research field / Jeon Bonghee (Seoul National University)
- Policy field / Kim Bonggeon
(National Research Institute of Cultural Properties of Korea)
- Design field / Jang Sunyong (Samsung Architects)
- Construction field / Kim Heonjung (Korea Wooden Structure Engineers Association)
- Material field
/ Kim Taeknam (Paichai University)
- Living field / Shin Jeongsuk (Yun Jeung's House)
- Research on Modern and Contemporary architecture / Kim Jongheon (Paichai University)


ATA on 'Society / People' Section of "Professors' Journal (Kyosu Shinmun)" 




ATA has been featured in the 'Society / People' section of the Professors' Journal (Kyosu Shinmun), October 29, 2001. The journal especially commented abundant data and information contained in the ATA site. The journal is an influential newspaper among professors.  


What to do with rural planning; Issues and Alternatives




Professor Pilwon Han, who has surveyed Korean rural area for 16 years from an architectural perspective, read a paper on the remodeling of rural traditional houses in a seminar entitled 'What to do with rural planning; Issues and alternatives'. The seminar was held at the Korea Rural Economic Institute in Seoul, on October 31, 2001. In the seminar, Professor Han proposed remodeling, instead of new construction, as a realistic way to improve the residential environment in Korean rural area. He pointed out that the standardized designs and the comparative tables on the items related remodeling are needed to empower rural residents to remodel houses on their own. He also said that such prerequisite works should be funded by the public sector, given the weakness of rural area as a market.  


ATA registered the copyright for the 'Architectural Design for an Apartment House Unit with Interior Yards'




ATA has registered the copyright for the 'Architectural Design for an Apartment House Unit with Interior Yards' by passing the deliberation of 'The Copyright Deliberation and Conciliation Committee'. The registration code of the ATA design is 'C-2001-002337'. The design proposal was highly regarded at the 'The 1st Hanssem International Interior Design Competition'. The ATA design is henceforth protected by the relevant copyright regulations.


  ATA's Design proposal for 'The 1st Hanssem International Interior Design Competition' 




'The 1st Hanssem International Interior Design Competition' was held by HANSSEM Co., Ltd. It is reported that more than 400 design works from all over the world were submitted up to the deadline on July 19, 2001. The competition with the theme, 'Design beyond East & West', has the objective to develop original designs for East Asian people in the home interior and furniture design field. 
ATA submitted an architectural design work for an apartment house unit. The design proposal is based on the actual environment, culture, and life-style in Korea so that it can be applied to real-world situation. Accordingly, ATA's design proposal was selected as one of the most realistic design solutions of the competition. As now, ATA and HANSSEM are preparing the contract  to develop a new product.
The key characteristics of the ATA design proposal are as follows:
1. Spatial elements based on the re-interpretation of key elements of hanok, the traditional Korean house: two interior courtyards, an entrance yard, and an oval courtyard are designed as outdoor space within the housing unit.
2. Options suitable to users' life cycle (children's age): A children's domain is designed to accommodate the changing needs of Korean family and society.
3. Expandability through integration of rooms: The one-space system is adopted for maximum flexibility and expandability in spatial composition and use.


'VOD Service' on ATA




ATA begins VOD presentations. The first VOD documented on ATA is 'Yunjeung's House' which was produced by 'MBC Taejon' and telecasted on June 18, 2001. The one-hour documentary was directed by producer Jang Raegyun, and was advised by professor Kim Jongheon of Paichai University and Professor Pilwon Han. The program even used a crane to take various views to the house. ATA will continue to present VOD data in the future.   


 The academic activities of Professor Han featured in 'The Korea Daily News'




'The Korea Daily News', one of the influential daily newspapers in Korea, introduced the academic activities of professor Han in its feature article on June 25th, 2001. The full-page article, titled 'The Environmentally Friendly Architecture Conceived by Professor Pilwon Han', focused on environmentally friendly architectural principles advocated by professor Han, influenced by his studies of traditional housing in East Asia.

The article (PDF file; viewed with Acrobat Reader)


International seminar on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic districts in Seoul and Beijing




Professor Han Pilwon took part in an international seminar on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic districts in Seoul and Beijing, as a discussion member. The seminar was held at Seoul Development Institute on June 21, 2001.   

In the seminar, Professor Han pointed out that one of the most common trends in historic housing areas of Seoul and Beijing is the gradual loss of residential function. That is, the uses of the houses have been converted into commercial or public functions. Professor Han asserted that the long-term conservation of certain historic districts should accommodate this trend. He presented two possible directions of the long-term management: one, to preserve certain historic districts as sustainable housing sites, and two, to preserve certain historic districts by maintaining the original appearances and building types but altering the function with regard to market trends (that is, converting housing to commercial use, etc.).


Serial in Plus by ATA; Lessons from the experiments of Detached Housing Sites in the 20th Century




ATA has surveyed the significant cases of detached housing sites around the world, from 1998 to 2000. As a result of the survey, 12 cases were selected for publication serially in Plus, a monthly architectural magazine, from March 2001 to February 2002

List of selected sites for the serial 

1. Tapiola / Finland     2. Bishopsfield / England
3. Latimer / England     4. Eaglestone / England
5. Green Town Dakao / Japan     6. Ichihara Ryokuendoshi / Japan
7. Alley House / Japan     8. Dakahata Gajimadai / Japan
9. Town House Minamino / Japan     10. Azuki New City Morinosato / Japan
11. Common City Hunabashi / Japan     12. Higashi Gazurazaka CED / Japan

The page related to the serial is as follows: Detached Housing Sites in East Asia


Tapiola, Finland


Returned from the boondocks in China; Guangxi and Guizhou province 




Professor Han, professor Kim Sangkyum and professor Kim's graduate student Hwang Jonghyeon explored the northern region of Guangxi and the southeastern region of Guizhou province, China, from Feburuary 20 to 27, 2001. They faced many difficulties in the boondocks mainly inhabited by the Dong and Miao ethnic groups. Actually they have risked the danger of being kept in a village because of a sudden rainstorm which flowed over the only road to the village. Nevertheless, they were happy to have the rare opportunity to investigate original Chinese houses and settlements that contains the substantial concepts of dwelling. 

This survey enriched the content of ATA as shown below:

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China


A field of rape flowers in Rongjiang-xian

Invited Lecture; Japanese Dwelling and Urbanism, and their Cultural Implications 




ATA invited Mr. Hani Zgheib, a Lebanese architect, who currently studies Japanese architecture at the doctoral course of Kyushu Institute of Design to give a special lecture at Hannam University. At the lecture, Mr. Zgheib is going to discuss 'Japanese dwelling and urbanism, and their cultural implications' with Professor Pilwon Han. The lecture will be held at the Seminar Room of the College of Engineering, Hannam University, 1~3 pm, November 22, 2000.  



Ginki, Japan; Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga Prefecture 




Professor Han and Lee Juock, the webmaster of ATA, with other young architects explored Ginki area of Japan, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga Prefecture from October 18 to 24, 2000. With this survey, professor Han has finished his series of world survey tours from the summer of 1998 for his new book with the tentative title, 'The Planning and Design of Detached Housing Sites: Lessons from Experiments', which will be published in the Spring of 2001.  

This survey has enriched the content of ATA as follows.

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in Japan

Detached Housing Sites in East Asia 


Professor Han proposes that the architectural properties should be opened for tourists (Korean)
Professor Pilwon Han takes part in the Forum of KIA (Korean Institute of Architects), discussing 'Architecture and Tourism in a New Era', as a discussion member. He discusses the matter of 'accessibility to architectural properties'. The point he will make is that the architectural properties that are currently closed for maintenance should be opened for tourists. The forum will be held on October 6, 2000, at Mokweon University in Taejon, Korea.  


Beijing, Dunhuang and Chengde, China 




Professor Han and three young architectural professors, Kim Sangkyum, Kim Jonghun, and Kim Dosik,  who teach at various universities in Taejon, Korea, explored the historic cities of Beijing, Dunhuang and Chengde, and their neighboring areas from July 25 to August 3, 2000. Though the weather was extraordinarily hot (in Beijing, some days were over 40 degrees Celsius.), the members of the tour were satisfied very much with the tour since all of the places they visited had meaningful architecture and exceptionally beautiful landscapes. 


They entered the Mingsha sand dune in Dunhuang by camel. (Of course, all of them came back ...... with the impression of the loneliness and vastness of the desert.)


This survey enriched ATA content as follows:

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China

Historic Cities in China


Three days that shook the world: the historic South-North Korea Summit


Some foreign journalists at the press center in Seoul wiped away tears as they watched the historic meeting of South Korean president Kim Daejung and his northern counterpart Kim Jongil at Sunan airport in Pyeongyang on June 13, 2000. The meeting was probably something much more than an ordinary rapprochement between two Koreas to the journalists, not to mention to the Korean people who were extremely moved at the moment. That meeting was the first ever between the leaders of South and North Korea since the peninsula was divided in 1945 at the beginning of the Cold War. The three-day summit is believed to be a turning point to improve relations between the two Koreas. It has made the Korean people feel brighter about prospect for peace on the Korean peninsula. It seems certain that the summit is an significant step toward the reunification of Korea. 

Views of Pyeongyang, the capital city of North Korea, could be seen as the summit was broadcast over the world. For Korean reunification, it will be important for South Koreans to understand the aspects of North Korea including its cities without any distortion. 

The civic center of Pyeongyang


The technical environment of the ATA site has been upgraded




The server operating the ATA site was upgraded on June 8, 2000. As a result, access to the site is much faster than before. Visitors will no longer have to spend time 'world wide waiting' in ATA although it has a plenty of useful image files. 


ATA members explore Jollanam-do Province in the first half of 2000 




Jolla-nam-do Province has a unique cultural atmosphere. ATA explored its landscape and architecture in the first half of 2000. The province has two magnificent mountains, Mt. Weolchool and Mt. Jiri, which hold many interesting architecture. The Mt. Weolchool area was explored in May and Mt. Jiri area is going scheduled for June. 

These surveys have enriched ATA's contents as follows:

Art or Amusement? - Gurim Village Project 1





Peony tree of Muwisa temple at the southern foot of Mt. Weolchool.


Professor Han in the 3rd International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia




'The 3rd International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia' was held on Cheju Island, Korea, Feburary 23~25, 2000. The professors, architects and architectural students from China, Japan, Korea and many other countries gathered together to discuss diverse architectural issues and exchange their ideas. The 4th Symposium will be held in Beijing, China next year. Professor Pilwon Han participated the symposium and presented a paper entitled  The constancy of spatial structure in traditional Korean settlements.


Professor Han Surveyed Detached Housing Sites



Professor Pilwon Han, who has searched for new and more desirable dwelling types for the near future, especially in Korea, has surveyed more than 20 detached housing sites with architectural and environmental quality and issues, in several areas of the world since 1998. The field surveys, which lasted until October 24, 1999, covered the Finnish cases around Helsinki, the Korean ones around Seoul, the English cases around London, and the Japanese ones near Osaka and Tokyo. The data obtained from the surveys are being processed in preparation for publication. And they are partly offered on ATA, which has more to be updated. 


Professor Han Discussed the Identity of East Asian Cities              
Professor Pilwon Han took part in an International Conference on the East Asian Studies, entitled 'Searching for East Asian Identity : A Modern Myth or Post-modern Reflection?', as a designated discussant. He discussed the paper, entitled  'Un-Paradigmatic Practice in Architecture & Urbanism in the East Asian Part of the World', presented by Jinai Kim. The conference was held under the sponsorship of Seonam Foundation, from September 30 to October 1, 1999, at Swiss Grand Hotel in Seoul, Korea.  


ATA chosen as a Cool Site by the Netscape Open Directory 
ATA has been chosen as a Cool Site by the Netscape Open Directory search engine. It introduces ATA as "a well-designed showcase for the work of Professor Han Pilwon at the Department of Architectural Engineering, Hannam University, Korea. Examples of types of traditional building in Korea, China and Japan displayed in expandable thumbnail photographs. Titles and abstracts of
scholarly papers. English and Korean language versions." 


Professor Han in ARCHFORUM Talk Show (Korean)
         You can meet Professor Pilwon Han on the Architectural Webzine, ARCHFORUM, in June 1999. He, as a guest of the talk show, talks about 'the cities and architecture of East Asia'. Join to chat with him through cyber space!


New Year's Message from Nature
         Professor Pilwon Han and other ATA members climbed Mt. Huangshan in Anhui Province China, in February 1999. The mountain has been called the most beautiful mountain under the sky. ATA wishes all the netizens of the world a happy new year in 1999. Click to enjoy the sunrise over the figurative peaks of beautiful Huangshan!


Professor Han in ARCHFORUM Talk Show (Korean)
         You can meet Professor Pilwon Han on the Architectural Webzine, ARCHFORUM, in February 1999. He talks about Taejon City and its architecture with the Tutor Forum members. Click to tune in to his ideas through cyber space!


'Open Academy' of Hannam University with Cable TV Network
     Hannam University offered a series of open lectures for the public from Sep. 17 to Nov. 19, 1998. The lectures were broadcast on cable TV in the Taejon region, on channel 5 on Sunday afternoons. Professor Pilwon Han gave one of the series' lectures, which was titled 'An angle to the traditional architecture of Taejon and its neighbor' on Nov. 12, and it will be on cable TV on the afternoon of Nov. 22 three times (4, 7, 10 PM). You can see the drawings and slides of the architecture Professor Han explained on the lecture just by clicking above! 


Professor Han Pilwon's angle to Alvar Aalto(1898~1976)
        This year is the centennial of Aalto's birth. Professor Han, who is an Aalto enthusiast, visited Finland to survey the representative works of Alvar Aalto(1898~1976), from July 23 to August 2, 1998. Click and enjoy the latest scenes of some Aalto's masterpieces through photos taken by Professor Han!


Professors of Hannam University in ARCHFORUM (Korean)
         You can meet professors in the Department of Architectural Engineering, Hannam University, of course, including Professor Pilwon Han, on the Architectural Webzine, ARCHFORUM, during May, 1998. They were invited as the guests of a talk show in the Webzine for a month. Click and enjoy peeping in on their ideas on architecture through cyber space!