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Social Algorithms 9.0 : K- ( )

15 JUL- 24 JUL 2022

“The most personal is the most creative.” Bong Joon-Ho, film director of ‘Parasite’ from his acceptance speech at the Oscars 2020.

The Oxford English Dictionary recently updated a series of K-words, reflecting the changes of the global society beyond its borders. AA Visiting School Seoul of 2022 is looking for the next “K-” whether cultural, social, or architectural.

Taking advantage of being Seoul-based, this year’s theme has been chosen to flourish the various approaches, expecting the creative interpretation of contemporary issues placed on the discourse table. The new K-( ) can be emerged by investigation and intervention on a series of issues related to the urban conditions, and new thoughts can be tested for realisation and transformation of form and arrangement.

It can appear anyhow, anywhere, and in any figure. Whether as a new typology, sociocultural feature or spatial agent, whether artificial or natural, the new K-( ) responds to contemporary urban and architectural design. A city’s history and locality are inherited and embedded in architecture. This could be a social intervention in space, a generative design, or any new idea you have and we would like to welcome you and share your thoughts.

AAVS Seoul has been researching ‘Social’, ‘Algorithms’ and their co-location in the experimental architecture and urbanism for the last 10 years, and aims to open up a discourse platform adopting new design and pedagogical methodologies. The programme will run as intensive 10-day workshop with a series of lectures. Workshop will run on-site but may include partial online activities, subject to Covid-situation.



Catherine Ahn + Fabrizio Furiassi


Jaehyub Ko + Hee Joon Lee


Jimmy Wei-Chun Cheng


Hanjun Kim + Dongyun Kim + Lloyd Sukgyo Lee


  1. Who can apply?
    Anyone who is interested in Architecture, City, Urbanism, Landscape, Social, Computation and Design.

  2. Do I need to know the software well?
    No previous software skills are required.

  3. Will lectures be conducted in English?
    Yes, all the lectures and tutorials will be conducted in English. However, it is possible to communicate in Korean with instructors and lectures if they are Korean speakers depending on situations.

  4. How many hours will tutorials be?
    It might different from each unit. However, you will need to product your project every day for the final presentation, which means you will need to use your own time beside tutorials.

  5. Will it be online or in person?
    Workshop mainly will run on-site in person, but may include partial online activities. It will be different by each unit.

  1. 누가 지원할 수 있나요?
    건축, 도시, 환경을 전공하고 사회 및 컴퓨테이셔널 디자인 등에 관심이 있는 누구나 신청가능합니다.

  2. 각종 프로그램을 사용할 줄 알아야 하나요?
    프로그램 및 툴에 대한 어떠한 사전 지식 없이도 참여가 가능합니다.

  3. 수업은 영어로만 진행되나요?
    전체가 함께하는 오프닝 행사나 마지막 발표 및 수업 등은 기본적으로 영어로 진행
    니다. 다만, 유닛의 상황에 따라 한국어 선생님과 한국어로 소통 가능합니다.

  4. 수업은 몇시간 동안 하는건가요?
    각 유닛에 따라 수업시간은
    다를 수 있습니다. 하지만 9일이라는 짧은 시간동안 최선의 결과를 만들어내기 위해 워크샵 기간 내내 수업 이외의 시간에도 작업이 반드시 필요할 것이라 생각됩니다.

  5. 대면수업으로 진행되나요?
    이번 워크샵은 대면수업이 주가 될 예정입니다. 하지만 유닛 또는 상황에 따라 온라인으로 진행되는 활동도 있습니다. 경우에 따라서 대면/비대면 하이브리드 형태의 수업이 일부 진행될 예정입니다.


  1. Discounts are available for a group of 3 or more participants. Please get in touch with the Visiting School office or Social Algorithms for a concession code.

  1. Discounts are available for a former AAVS Seoul, Social Algorithms, or SD Platform participants. Please contact aavsseoul@social-algorithms.com for a concession code.

  1. More discounts are available for a group of returning students, please contact aavsseoul@social-algorithms.com

The deadline for applications is: 10 July 2022

Programme Directors: Jooeun Sung, Soomeen Hahm

Programme Coordinators: Hanjun Kim, Seungah Choi

Programme Committees: Jinseok Park, Jaewon Yi, Dae Song Lee