The special event ‘Chicago and Busan, Present and Past’ will run from October 7 – 18, 2015, at Busan Port International Passenger Terminal during the Busan International Architectural Culture Festival (BIACF). The event consists of exhibitions, citizen participation programs and symposiums, and aims to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the BIACF.
In 1893, Emperor Gojong (1852-1919) dispatched Korea’s first World Expo delegation to Chicago World’s Fair. Busan has had a sister city relationship with Chicago since 2007.
Busan and Chicago have much in common. Both have grown into international gateways, and overcome past adversities, namely the Korean War and the Great Chicago Fire respectively. Busan and Chicago are also waterfront cities focused on the development of their city’s shoreline.
The Busan International Architectural Culture Festival is held every other year in Busan and this year’s festival will introduce the City of Chicago, its history and architecture relative to Busan.
The pioneering work toward urban regeneration of the two cities’ previous mayors – Busan mayor Kim Hyeon-ok and Chicago mayor Daniel Hadson Burnham – after the Korean War and the Great Chicago Fire respectively, will be featured.
The works of Chicago architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Louis Sullivan are planned to be introduced as well.
A Facebook page event which lets citizens of both Chicage and Busan post photos of their cities to share their culture, is taking place at www.facebook.com/chibu2015. The most popular posts will be selected to win a prize.
For more information, please visit the BIACF website at www.biacf.or.kr or call to (051)744-7761.
Source: Busan City News
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