Published November 13, 2013
Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, has won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Hyundai Engineering & Construction Technology Forum for his proposal for a prefabricated unit for apartment remodeling.
The organizer, South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group and one of the leading construction companies in the world. Competing for the prize in innovative technology for the building industry were 159 teams from around the globe. Song's proposal, developed through his architectural practice Dioinno Architecture, was noted as an innovative approach to remodeling urban housing. As a prefabricated facade unit, it eliminates the need for onsite reconstruction and remodeling, radically reducing construction time and cost. Its design also contributes to a novel streetscape for urban environments. Song will receive a $10,000 award with additional support to patent the proposal. Hyundai Engineering & Construction will register Dioinno Architecture as a cooperative firm in the continued development of the project.