Being a member of TWN not only gives you a broader understanding but also new valuable contacts and the opportunity to share experience, which can be implemented to develop organizations. — PIIA KALLAS

Seoul, South Korea, October 22-26, 2019

Host: Architecture and Urban Research Institute (AURI)


  • Energy Saving with Green Building and Information Technology with Smart City
  • The potential energy savings of green buildings is increasingly important as the human race deals with climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and energy depletion. Members discussed energy saving policies and projects related to green buildings.

  • Information Technology with Smart City
  • Information technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and big data are increasingly being applied to all sectors of society, triggering fundamental changes in architecture and the development of smart cities. As Korea was the first country to enact a law to carry out ubiquitousness and to create a ubiquitous city* (U-city), it presented its two smart city pilots at the conference.

Member organizations from the Netherlands, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Island and Estonia provided insights on the following sessions themes:

  • Energy Saving with Green Building – Building Energy Savings Policies and Projects
  • Korea presented their current status on the topic and examples of energy savings policies for buildings in Korea. Other members shared their energy savings initiatives, policies and practices for achieving energy efficiency and establishing sustainability in the design process for green public buildings. They also explored future implementation strategies and international cooperation measures to ensure the sustainability of cities and the human race.

  • Governance for Public Buildings and Public Asset Management – Experiences and Current Status of Governance
  • In addition to sessions on the two themes of the conference, there was a seminar on the sub-topic of governance for public buildings and public asset management. Members shared their own experiences and they also discussed the current status of constructing public buildings efficiently and establishing an integrated management and governance system for public assets.

  • Information Technology with Smart City – Smart City Policies and Projects in Korea
  • Korea shared its current smart city policies and smart city pilot projects in Busan and Sejong. Those cities have been designated as national demonstration smart cities with integrated intelligent information technology. Members also discussed cooperative measures for the future of the smart city.


  • New Green Building Project (Seoul Konghang High School)
  • This high school is a common public school building found in Korea, but the interesting fact about this school is its zero energy pilot project. It is equipped with eco-friendly and energy reduction technology.

  • Sejong Government Complex
  • This Sejong landmark (a pilot project smart city) is comprised of 15 connected buildings in the shape of a dragon and is occupied by 39 different national organizations. It holds the Guinness World Record for the largest rooftop garden in the world of 80,000 square metres in 2016. It is also a green building that boasts broad surrounding green areas and a pollution-free waste treatment facility.

  • New Government Office Building (Developed by Korea Asset Management Corporation)

* The Ubiquitous City (U-City), can be defined as a city that applies a substructure of "ubiquitous computing" to the functionality of its urban systems, and can be contextualized as the integration of information systems with social systems: every device, component, and service within the city is linked to an information network, largely through wireless networking channels.