Location: Seoul, Korea

Problem: During Seoul’s economic boom in the 1960s, the CheongGyeCheon stream, a major waterway running through the city center, was covered in concrete and replaced with a four-lane highway, to make way for massive building expansion projects. But with the highway came environmental consequences: a rise in air pollution and deteriorating health conditions of its citizens.

Client: Seoul Development Institute with the Seoul Metropolitan Government

Designers: Seoul Development Institute with the Seoul Metropolitan Government

Solution: The city government, in an effort to create green space, decrease health risks and help stimulate the economy in the area, dismantled the highway and redirected the underground waterways to a newly created streambed. Landscaped shorelines, an elaborate bridge network for pedestrian traffic, and funding for local merchants all helped reinvigorate a run-down section of the city and created a public works project that drew international acclaim.

Completion: September, 2005

For more info: Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project

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Posted May 10, 2007