Korean-American architect Kyu Sung Woo recently was named the winner of the 2008 Ho-Am Prize of the Arts. Often called the Korean Nobel, the Samsung-endowed prize is given each year to five ethnic Koreans, living at home or abroad, in the categories of science, engineering, medicine, community service, and the arts. Woo is the first architect to receive the award.
If architecture is frozen music, as 19th-century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, then this weekend it will sound like electro punk and rock-and-roll. London’s annual Exhibition Road Music Day, on June 21, will coincide with opening festivities for the third biennial London Festival of Architecture (LFA), which officially kicks off June 20. The month-long architecture event—devoted to London’s unique built landscape and avant-garde design community—will move across the city, stopping at five key hubs and featuring more than 600 installations and events.