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How does big data analysis and the innovative technique of ground-truthing translate into an exhibition?

By Chaewon Ahn

The Ghost Cities project is introduced at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as part of the “Commoning Cities” exhibition. The exhibition opened in September 2nd at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul, and will continue until November 5th.

Directed by Hyungmin Pai and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism investigates the theme “imminent commons”, by proposing essential commons as a viable path for towards sustainable and just urbanism. The biennale is organized along the thematic exhibition, “Nine Commons”, which introduces the proposed commons, and the cities exhibition “Commoning Cities”, which presents questions and answers on the current and near future of cities.

In the “Communing Cities” section, the Ghost Cities project is introduced among 50 cities that report the most contemporary issues, policy directions and public projects. Municipal governments, academics, and practitioners are brought together in this exhibit to provide a discourse on strategies of cities on rapid urbanization, scarcity of public resources and privatization of commons in cities around the world.