London & Busan

London is always full of pride with its world-class design festivals, and it is a center of the art industry. Their smart renovation of old venues enhances the impression, as a few, storied properties seemed to have disappeared in history along the laws of coexistence and extinction. Isn’t London special because of its ceaseless examination of locales with a unique ambience created by the rings of time and the innovative ideas that inspired them? The beautiful recycling of the Tate Modern has included renovating an old, abandoned bank-side power generation plant, and the Design Museum was relocated from a banana factory that was almost demolished by the Thames River in 1989. They did not demolish those structures just because they were old, but rediscovered them and infused newness within them. The Design Museum was moved from the banana factory, and though the new venue was not a glamorous, new structure, it was a remodeled, historical landmark from the 1960s. It was reopened in November 2016. Many people yearning for design would have to visit this site, which is filled with warm Londoners 24/7, at least once in their lifetimes.

Busan is not just the second largest city in Korea, but it is also the city that leads the artistic sensibility of Korea.The high-rise buildings built with the latest technologies are covering the skyline, but, unlike Seoul, it also has many vast factory sites occupied by industrial facilities, as it is geographically located by the sea for easy handling of imports and exports. This makes Busan an attractive proposition. The Suyeong factory of KISWIRE Co., Ltd. that has been manufacturing wires for 45 years since 1963 has been reborn as ‘F1963,’ a new cultural complex. It may have been buried in the sand castle of time as an abandoned industrial facility or a massive lump of steel, but it has been recreated into a global space of socio-cultural value and function for exhibitions, performances, education, commerce, and relaxation. First established as an exhibition hall for the Busan Biennale in 2016, it has become a new reason to visit Busan, attracting the world’s spotlight. As a library with a used bookstore and additional commercial facilities opening here in March, many people are urged to buy train tickets to Busan soon.

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