What is ‘DMZ Creative Post’?


The DMZ Creative Post is the project of a consortium of new schools which, sensing the opportunity afforded by a potentially reframed sociopolitical situation, seek to expand the range of education to accommodate these important developments.

The DMZ Creative Post aspires to create the opportunity for new knowledge and to overcome the cynicism typical to certain sectors of conventional education which have a tendency to perpetuate the continuity of the social and political status quo. To that end, it intends to focus its pedagogic efforts on nurturing a critical sense of cultural awareness. Schools should be lively and experimental, and seize the opportunity for the creation of new knowledge as the chance to reframe a discussion about the social agenda of creative production as a cultural practice.

The DMZ Creative Post is proposed then as a joint thought area, a virtual space sponsored by new schools and created to revitalize with new ideas to effectively intervene in the world.

If the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has become a symbol of oppression in the forceful separation of people from each other, a symbol of 20th-century political violence, the DMZ Creative Post proposes to transform it into a neutral thought zone, a place for the emancipation of repressed Korean imaginations and praxis. The DMZ Creative Post can thus become the observation platform and the axis of representation of new social visions; a transmitter station annually sending out the new message of a possible alternative world.


Why ‘DMZ’?


The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) might appear as an “empty” territory belonging to no one, but in reality it is a heavily militarized war front where the political interests of the two Koreas and other “superpowers” face each other in fierce standoff amidst a complex intertwined set of conflicts. The DMZ is also a cemetery where the fallen of the Korean War (1950-53) have remained unclaimed for more than 60 years. Overwhelmed with numerous problems and contradictions such as “violence and peace,” “life and death,” “ideology and reality,” the DMZ remains as one of the most unique spaces in the world.

Recently the DMZ has become a closely watched hotspot by the international community. The abrupt political shift in the relationships between the two Koreas and the United States has created an unpredictable situation, transforming the DMZ into the scene of potentially dramatic changes to come. A limited understanding of this potentially momentous transformation in the Korean Peninsula, would have us believe we are witnessing a simple electoral opportunity for the usual political parties or, perhaps even more ominously, the imminent expansion of the reach of the everywhere present multi-national corporations.

Reconceptualizing the meaning of the proper noun “DMZ” as common noun “DMZ,” we can go beyond the particulars of a local condition to universal premises. The DMZ Creative Post is a project proposed as an ongoing hermeneutical critique of our recent history. The 20th century was marked by violence and oppression, a time in which people and nature have been regarded mostly as an economic resource available for continued exploitation. It is our hope that DMZ can possibly become a renewed cultural landmark, the keyword of a new time ripe for a humanistic project and the beginning of a better life.

It is important to encourage and nurture the emergence of praxis-based design schools in architecture, art, design, and the humanities. Practices covering a band of the cultural spectrum essential to a sense of common purpose and cohesion in society, these disciplines have nonetheless been marginalized in a complicit educational system prioritizing instead the almost exclusive teaching of the technical branches of knowledge. We will create the joint thought area with the collaboration of these emerging movements as our avant-gardes of today.




Paju Typography Institute/PaTI

PaTI is a cooperative Baegot (design school). It was established in Paju Book City in 2013 by a group of South Korean designers whose aspirational goals for creative education are built on the founding principle that “Design education must itself be designed.” It aims to engender an international network school that will create a new design culture based on the deep and rich history and wisdom of East Asia. It is a school founded and developed by like-minded people who wish to change the world for the better through design and education. PaTI strives for creative and practical learning encompassing humanity, art, and labor, aiming for autonomous symbiosis while operating under the principles of “No property, no competition, and no authority.”


Ahn Sang-soo:

Nalgae (Founder), Paju Typography Institute. Designer


Future Makers Planet/FMP

With the Zeitgeist of “coexistence, world citizens, and life” as its educational vision, FMP is a school where people will learn, invent, and practice social design based on a humanistic spirit and public intent. It is a combination of “school + research center + studio + media,” and it will be a “study-playground” where participants will engage in theory and field activities alike, turning study into social praxis and vocational design, and combining learning, labor, play, social solidarity, and common good. It is a “movement school,” a “terrestrial school,” and a “connecting school” whose arena will be the entire world, wherever teachers and students reside. FMP will engage in both study and praxis along with mentors from diverse fields equipped with theoretical and field experience, and life perspective. The school is preparing to select new students in 2019 with the aim of educating social designers and changemakers who can lead the initiative for change during this crucial transitional moment.

Donkyoon Hahm:

Director, Future Makers Planet Steering Committee. Literary Critic.


UnConstruct Camp/UCC

UCC is an alternative architectural school that seeks to transcend the limitations of institutionalized education and propose an integral approach capable of encompassing architecture in the entire range of its cultural potential: artifice and nature, space and time, specificity and universality, and past, present, and future.

By “UnConstruct” we don’t mean deconstruction or anti-construction, but the restructuring of prevalent ideas about architecture and construction. We hope, through education, to be able to expand and refine the cultural understanding of architecture as a discipline and construction as a practice. By Camp we mean to propose an emphasis on praxis as a self-conscious practice and a strategy for production based on a conceptual foundation of architecture, a progressive awareness of history, and a broad understanding of the social agenda of the discipline. UCC’s pedagogy will aspire to approach knowledge as universal human asset, pursuing cooperative collaborations with like-minded people everywhere, while at the same time basing research and practice in the particulars of the cultural specificity of the Korean cultural experience.

Hae-won Shin:

Director, UnConstruct Camp Steering Committee. Architect.


DMZ Creative Post Camp


The first workshops will be initiated with like-minded new schools gathering along the DMZ, which spans Gyeonggi and Gang'won Provinces. Together, these groups will start with comprehensive discussions on the humanities, geography, architecture, and design to promote understanding of the military borderland, where nature, civilians, and the military and two states coexist, and to understand the lives of inhabitants from the perspective of communities. To achieve such goals, this year, we will start by walking along the DMZ and collecting and mapping psychogeographical elements. Architects, video artists, designers, and humanities scholars who have taken interest in and explored this area from early on will trek and engage in dialogue with students, continuing the experience in workshops. In addition, in collaboration with the Poetry & Typography Fest 2018, co-sponsored by PaTI and Citizen Planet, we will conclude with a joint closing ceremony in the Paju area, under the same theme for all participants.


Aug. 23rd (Thurs) will be an ‘Open Post Day’ for signed up participants. (Information below)

We welcome all those with interest and support for schoolㆍeducationㆍsociety. We will track, learn, talk and party.



2018.8.22 (Wed) ~ 8.25 (Sat):

2 nights 3 days + Exhibition Event 1 day

8.23 (Thurs) “Open Post Day” 1 night 2 days



Gyeonggi ~ Gangwon DMZ area


Base Camp:

Korea DMZ Peace-Life Valley

Exhibition Presentation and Event:

Paju Typography Institute


With Whom:

Camp Leaders

Donkyoon Hahm

Director, Future Makers Planet Steering Committee. Literary Critic.

Dongsei Kim:

Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Architect

Haewon Shin:

Director, UnConstruct CampSteering Committee. Architect.

Jennifer Lee

Principal of OBRA Architects. Architect.

Kelly Moonkyung Choi

Professor at Pati. Designer

Ryul Song + Christian Schweitzer:

Directors, SUPA Architects. Architects

Yoonhie Lee

Professor, Ewha Womans University. ADSLAB.


Invited Professionals

Ahn Sang-soo

Nalgae(Head), Paju Typography Institute. Designer

Bum Choi

Professor,Paju Typography Institute. Design Critic.

Minsuk Cho

Principal, Mass Studies. Architect.

Seungjin Park

CEO, Studio Loci. Landscape Architect.

Woongwon Yoon

Principal, Jegong Architects. Architect.

Younggwang Lee

Professor, Korea University Creative Writing Department. Poet.

Robert Mull

Professor, the Global Free Unit and Architecture and Design of University of Brighton

Sunghun Jung

Director of DMZ Peace-Life Valley


Program Supporters

Border Crossings Team; “Art Politics - Project Border Crossings"

Jisong Lee, Film Director.

Aram Lee, Urban Researcher.

SongHa Lee, Coordinator.

Sunny Lee, GP Doctor.



University students and professionals interested in architecture and design and future education.


Participation Fee 100,000KRW

(Includes accommodations, dining, travel and workshop fees)

To register click the link below:







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