Seoul’s high-tech “10-minute city” plan announced

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Writer Oscar Holland, CNN

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the idea of ​​a “15-minute city” gained great traction among urban planners, where residents can reach work and leisure facilities within 15 minutes of walking or cycling from home.

Now, a group of architects are planning a more ambitious neighborhood in the South Korean capital of Seoul: a 10-minute drive.

The development project is called the “H1 Project” and aims to transform the old industrial area into an interconnected “smart” city. The 125-acre area combines eight residential buildings with co-working and learning spaces, as well as entertainment venues, fitness centers, swimming pools, and even urban hydroponic farms.

The project includes eight residential buildings, as well as retail, commercial and leisure facilities.

The project includes eight residential buildings, as well as retail, commercial and leisure facilities. CEDIT: Courtesy wax and virgin lemon

The community was designed by the Dutch construction company UNStudio and supported by Hyundai Development Corporation (a real estate company owned by the conglomerate behind the automaker of the same name), and the community will also be completely car-free. A press release for the project stated that “all the amenities in the city” will be within 10 minutes of people’s homes.

In a statement, UNStudio co-founder Ben van Berkel stated that the residents’ “experience of daily life” is the “top priority” of the project.

“We do this by including a wealth of exciting and well-curated live experiences that provide them with a wide range of options for how they spend their life, work, and leisure time, thereby saving them travel The time needed to travel elsewhere. This city-because of the time saved, more time will be created,” he was quoted as saying.

Digital rendering shows residents walking through pedestrian streets.

Digital rendering shows residents walking through pedestrian streets. CEDIT: Courtesy wax and virgin lemon

A spokesperson for UNStudio confirmed that the project has been approved, but did not say when it might break ground. Currently, a series of CGI renderings suggest the appearance of the community, public squares, gardens, green roofs and “natural areas” connected by sidewalks.

The architect also stated that clean energy will be generated on site, and a system for collecting and storing rainwater is being designed to reduce water consumption.

The concept of “15-minute city” was first proposed in 2016 by Carlos Moreno, a French-Colombian scholar, and recently promoted by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who proposed to make the French capital a “ville du quart”. d’heure”-a quarter of an hour city-during her recent reelection campaign.

Aerial view of the proposed community.

Aerial view of the proposed community. CEDIT: Courtesy wax and virgin lemon

Critics argue that this concept may lead to gentrification by further concentrating wealth in the most accessible areas. In turn, the desirability of “15-minute” communities may result in housing prices that exclude low-income and marginalized communities.
But in the Covid-19 pandemic, people are becoming more and more interested in this concept. As people all over the world work from home and avoid public transportation, city planners have begun to walk the streets and reimagine how cities manage dense populations.

Moreno wrote in the academic journal “Smart Cities” earlier this year: “The emergence of this epidemic has exposed the fragility of cities… and the need for a thorough rethinking, the need for tailor-made innovative measures to ensure the city Residents are able to cope with and continue their basic activities, including cultural activities, to ensure that the city remains flexible and liveable in the short and long term.”

He added: “Further research is now necessary to show how to replicate this idea and its elements in cities in the global south.”

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