Discipline the City



Exploring the urban transformation of Pyongyang over the past decades, this talk will reveal how the built environment has shaped the way life is routinised in the city. Based on a historical scan and ground observation through interactions with local architects, explore how the evolution of urban form (from block to streets), and preference for interiorised public spaces as well as pastel building facades structure everyday life in Pyongyang.


Calvin Chua
Calvin Chua is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Architecture at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and founder of Spatial Anatomy, a design studio that works at the intersection between architecture and the city. In parallel, Calvin currently directs an architectural workshop in Pyongyang through the AA Visiting School Programme and Choson Exchange. The workshop which allows DPRK and foreign architecture students to collaborate on a design project, has been featured in various news media, including Monocle Radio and CNN. An alumnus of the Architectural Association, Calvin is a registered architect in the United Kingdom.