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Jewon Kim

MA work

EIAS - Environmentally Informative Architectural Surface

In recent times there has been an increased focus on our changing environment. While some of this thinking is reflected in architecture, primarily the focus continues to be on aesthetics and saving of energy. What if in addition to these, architectural surfaces opened up innovative opportunities for richer two-way dialogue between humans and their built environment? What-if architectural surfaces brought ambient environmental conditions to our attention intuitively?

EIAS is a first step on this journey.

In its current form, it is a barometer of air quality. However this information is designed to be delivered by architectural surfaces, in a non-intrusive, dynamic and playful manner. EIAS achieves this through ever changing dots that correlate with the degree of particulate matter in the immediate atmosphere. The vision is to create a living reminder of often-invisible environmental factors that affect us, while employing spaces and structures that make up our lives. One such space might be bus stops, providing people an ambient awareness of air quality as they travel around a city.

I believe that our built environment should hold up a mirror to our invisible yet significant impact on nature, and encourage citizens to have a continuous, meaningful dialogue on this symbiotic relationship.


  • J Kim
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2014

  • I have been interested in facades of architecture, broadly surfaces in built environment. As a fist point that people's eyes meet and as  properties that citizens can share visually, surfaces have great potentials. A surface is also unique for people to experience as they have to face surfaces in daily life whether they want to or not. When I consider that there have been the increased attentions on our changing environment in recent times and that the engagement with people is getting more important, I can come up with the thinking of how to interact surfaces with environment and people. 

    Surfaces are not the border between environment and humans. Surfaces are  not the limit between inside and outside space. Surfaces are a bridge or medium between them. Surfaces are a dialogue between humans and their environment.       

  • Degrees

  • BArch Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea, 2008
  • Experience

  • Junior designer, Architect for damppartners, Seoul, 2008-11; Junior designer. Architect for damppartners. Seoul. 2008 - 2011