Breathing Trees, Trees Where I rest…
Canada Wood Korea proudly held the award ceremony of ‘Canada-Korea Wood Design Competition’ at Korea Foundation in Seoul on July 8th in conjunction with concurrent ‘Canada Wood & Architecture’ exhibition to be held until July 26th. Tai Jeong, Country Director of Canada Wood Korea provided opening remarks to the award winners and invited VIPs as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen, it is such an honour to have you here and has been such a pleasure to organize CAN-KOR Wood Design Competition. First of all, I give my thanks to Embassy of Canada in Korea co-hosting this competition, to Province of Alberta, Korea Wood Construction Association and AN News for sponsoring and to Korea Foundation for co-hosting the Canada Wood & Architecture Exhibition. Year 2013 marks 50th wedding anniversary (diplomatic engagement) between Canada and Korea. Today we are celebrating 10 couples exchanging the vows of marriage. The beautiful brides concerned about global environment, namely
Canadian wood and the grooms who will protect future global environment, namely the Korean architect students. As parents of the grooms, the supervising professors of the winners, the first generation of architects who already married wood construction and gave birth to beautiful wood construction children, many ambassadors from different nations as well as many other distinguished guests are here to offer their blessing to these 10 couples and celebrate their first march.
Wood Design Competition is one of Embassy of Canada in Korea’s ‘Celebration 2013’ events commemorating 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Korea and Canada and this event is intended for university students.
Under the slogan of ‘Breathing trees, trees where I rest’, it is a design competition for environmentally friendly wood shelter space of exchange and meeting for communication between two nations. After total of 98 teams comprised of students and supervising professors from 28 different universities submitted preliminary registration, 47 teams from 19 universities submitted their entries to compete. I greatly appreciate hard work and efforts of three judges, Son Gi Chan of Dongee Architects, Song Jae Seung of Michoo Architects and Cho Ho Nam of Solto Architects. Through their rigorous evaluation, 10 entries were selected, then after each team’s presentation, Best 5 and Finalist 5 were sorted out. The selected 10 entries are very
meaningful, yet all three judges agree each entry is meaningful and quality of work exceeded the expectation. Most of all the significance of this competition is that it became the focal festival connecting 28 universities nationwide and letting young and flourishing future architects exchange their profound interests in eco-structures of Canada and Korea.
Low carbon green growth is our dream and our future. This competition reassures everyone who works in wood construction that we are the best patriots of the earth, environment nation.
Once again I praise all university students and professors for their hard work and efforts participating in this competition. I also ask for your continuous participation and interests in improving wood construction in this country. Award winners, congratulations. And thank you…