Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
View  from  the  top  of  the  Tower  of  the  Juche  Idea  in  Pyongyang.  The  North    Korean  capital  stretches  out  beneath  you  as  a  pastel-colored  panorama,  a  rolling  field  of  tower  blocks  painted  in  terracotta  and  yellow  ochre,  turquoise  and  baby  blue—a  distinctive  color  palette  that  recurs  throughout  the  country’s  architecture  and  interiors. © Oliver  Wainwright

Join Guardian architecture critic and photographer Oliver Wainwright for a behind-closed-doors glimpse of the most secretive country in the world. With pastel-hued apartment blocks, sci-fi monuments, and interiors dripping with marble and mosaics, Wainwright’s photographs of North Korea, brought together in a new book by Taschen, shine a spotlight on Kim Jong-un’s ambition to “turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland.”

This illuminating talk, followed by a conversation with Sean Anderson, an associate curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, will chart the evolution of Pyongyang under the Kim dynasty, explain how the architecture and interiors embody the national “Juche” ideology, and question what the future holds for the architectural ambitions of this enigmatic country.

Space is limited. Please register by November 1 by emailing