Kyong Park was born in Korea and moved to the United States at the age of
twelve. He received a BS in Architecture from the University of
Michigan in 1978 and participated in a post-graduate independent
program at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1979.
was the founding director of Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in
Rotterdam , a co-curator of Europe Lost and Found, a project on
future geography of Europe, and a founding member of Lost Highway, a
mass expedition through nine cities in the Western Balkans. He is the
editor of Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond , a co-curator for Shrinking Cities in Berlin [2002-2004], the founding director of
International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit [1999-2001], a
curator of Kwangju Biennale in South Korea , a Loeb Fellow at
Harvard University , and the founder/director of StoreFront for
Art and Architecture in New York [1982-98].
As an architect, artist,
urban theorist and activist, Kyong Park’s research and artistic practice
focuses on the city. He is particularly interested in the conditions
which give rise to shrinking cities (Detroit, for instance) and
expanding cities (as in Asia) and to the formation and reconfiguration
of border cities (such as San Diego/Tijuana). His current work is
focused on Asian cities. The New Silk Roads is a research project
based on a planned expedition from Istanbul to Tokyo. This expedition
is a way of gathering images and information in order to understand the
relation between the physical movements of products/labor/resources and
the immaterial movements of information/capital/services over the real
and virtual landscapes of Asia. Its purpose is to better understand the
cultural, political and economic interplay between East and West.
Kyong Park is an acting associate professor
of Public Culture in the department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego.