Friday, July 18, 2008


In June 2005 the prestigious international monthly architecture magazine Domus launched the Call for Ideas on architecture and geopolitics for the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang (Boeri et al. 2005). This was the aftermath of Stefano Boeri, Armin Linke and Andrea Petrecca's local investigation in North Korea's capital - photographs of "emphatic sequences, portions of a standard city enriched with designed exceptions, subtitled with propaganda" (Petrecca 2005, p. 19) underlining several articles, one of which is significantly called "The Phantom Pyramid". At the end of this essay the invited delegation put it like that: "In requesting ideas conjuring up the future of this 'ruin of the future', we wanted to raise the game of replicas, analogies and visions of architecture [...]" (Boeri 2005a). (

Related: Wikipedia: Ryugyong Hotel

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