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The institution of a Korean Museum of Urbanism and Architecture (KMUA), first explored in the article ‘Is the Establishment of an Architectural Museum Farfetched?’, ▼1 is now at the final design stages as part of an international design competition announced in November 2020 and aims to open its doors by 2025. This 30-year old dream about the founding of an architectural museum, originally conceived as an architectural archive, has gone beyond the discipline of architecture to secure its current form as a museum of urbanism and architecture. Research studies, laws, and regulations are to be implemented in relation to this project, and relevant organisations are taking turns to examine details and make their preparations.

At the onset of a new millennium, public interest towards urbanism and architecture grew exponentially. Urbanism and architecture is no longer just for its professionals. Instead, they have become challenges for everyone – and as the centre of urbanism and architecture-building – the roles of citizens and expectations placed upon them are gradually becoming more significant. With the exhibition ‘The 100 Years Architecture of Korea’ (1999) held at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea as catalyst, architecture exhibitions such as ‘Artist of the Year:

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