There was plentiful architecture festivals held during October, the season of harvest. Starting with Architecture Day, September 26, various events followed by throughout the country: KIA Convention & Exhibition, Korean Architecture Award (KAA), Seoul Architecture Festival, Busan International Architectural Culture Festival, Incheon Architectural culture Festival, Daegu Sports Competition for Architects, Gwangju Festival of Architecture & Urban Culture, Ulsan Architecture Competition, Daejon Architectural Culture Festival, Gyeong-gi Architectural Culture Festival, Gyeong-buk Architecture Competition, Gyeong-nam Architectural Culture Festival, Chung-buk Architectural Culture Festival, Chung-nam Architecture & Public Design culture Festival, Jeju Architectural Culture Festival,, etc.
It is doubtful, however, that those festivals were successful. Visitors of the festivals are the same each year and their promotions are poor, so they consequently end up as small local events.
Local festivals are good in such fashion, but I believe major architecture awards and competitions need to be integrated into one the most authoritative and honorable award, so it could improve even further. I hope to see the festivals improve each year instead of staying poor and disappointing as they were this year.
Before we ask “why do we not have any Pritzker Architecture Prize winner,” we should create our own honorable and acknowledgeable award that anyone will highly appreciate the winners.
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