Urban regeneration is a global trend that has been implemented for some time, not only in Seoul but in many other advanced cities. Based on its experience with a variety of urban regeneration projects that avoid simply tearing down and building again, the SMG defines “Seoul’s brand of urban regeneration” as follows : Aiming to repair and reuse a city instead of erasing and rewriting it, and resolving issues through healing and recovery of entangled networks of relations, sharing these issues with the people who live within the city, thereby responding to their new demands
What makes “Seoul’s brand of urban regeneration” necessary?
Seoul and other cities in Korea achieved rapid growth through population concentration and industrialization. While this brought quantitative growth, it also brought social conflict due to some areas falling behind and improvement of urban functions mainly through uniform redevelopments. With ever-increasing calls from the general public to revive these declining areas in terms of the environment, daily living, and economic features and enable sustainable qualitative growth, the need for “urban regeneration” emerged. “Seoul’s brand of urban regeneration” is a comprehensive solution to answer these calls, discover and secure engines of future growth, and thereby become “a city where all citizens live well in perpetual harmony” by resolving gaps between different areas, protecting local industries to ensure continuous growth, attracting young people, and bolstering local communities.