Plans revealed for high-tech ’10-minute city’ in Seoul

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

The idea of ​​a “15-minute city”, in which all residents can reach work and leisure facilities within a quarter of an hour on foot (or by bicycle) from their homes, has gained significant traction among planners. urban areas during the Covid-19 pandemic. .

Now a group of architects is planning an even more ambitious neighborhood in South Korea’s capital Seoul – a 10-minute city.

Dubbed “Project H1,” the development is set to transform a former industrial site into an interconnected “smart” city. Combining eight residential buildings with co-working offices and study spaces, the 125-acre district is also set up to house entertainment venues, gyms, swimming pools, and even urban hydroponic farms.

The project comprises eight residential towers, as well as commercial, commercial and leisure facilities. Credit: Courtesy of WAX & Virgin Lemon

Designed by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio and backed by Hyundai Development Company (a real estate firm owned by the conglomerate behind the carmaker of the same name), the neighborhood will also be completely car-free. A press release from the project stated that “all the amenities of the city” will be within a 10-minute walk of people’s homes.

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

“We do this by including a rich density of inspiring and curated experiences in place that provide a wide range of options for how they can spend their life, work and leisure time, also saving them the time needed to travel elsewhere. place in the city, because with the time you save, you create more time ”, he is quoted as saying.

A digital rendering shows residents walking through the pedestrianized neighborhood.

A digital rendering shows residents walking through the pedestrianized neighborhood. Credit: Courtesy of WAX & Virgin Lemon

A UNStudio spokesperson confirmed that the project received the green light, but did not reveal when it is likely to start. For now, a series of CGI renderings hint at what the neighborhood will look like, with public squares, gardens, green roofs, and “natural areas” connected by pedestrian walkways.

The architects also said clean energy will be generated at the site, while systems to capture and store rain are being designed to reduce water use.

The concept of the “15-minute city” was first proposed by the Franco-Colombian academic Carlos Moreno in 2016, and more recently it was popularized by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who proposed making the French capital a “ville du quart d’heure “. quarter-hour city – during his recent reelection campaign.

An aerial view of the proposed neighborhood.

An aerial view of the proposed neighborhood. Credit: Courtesy of WAX & Virgin Lemon

Critics have suggested that the concept could cause gentrification further concentrating wealth in the most accessible and convenient districts. The convenience of “15-minute” neighborhoods may, in turn, result in home prices that exclude the low-income and marginalized communities.
But the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked growing interest in the concept. With people around the world working from home and avoiding public transportation, urban planners have begun to pedestrianize streets and reinvent the way cities manage dense populations.

Writing in the academic journal Smart Cities earlier this year, Moreno said: “The emergence of this pandemic exposed the vulnerability of cities … and the need for a radical rethink, where innovative measures must be adapted to ensure that residents urbanites are able to cope with and continue their basic activities, including cultural ones, to ensure that cities remain resilient and livable in the short and long term. ”

He added that “more research is now warranted to show how the idea and its elements can be replicated in cities within the global south.”

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