Approaching the issues of Urban Waterstreams Organization as a New City Landscape: Focused on Case Studies in Seoul, South Korea

Ekaterina Shafray, Seiyong Kim


Nowadays many cities set priorities to shift from
automobile-centered towards more bicycle and pedestrianoriented
planning directions followed by high-cost infrastructure
change projects. Open spaces (recommended to be 15-20% of city
land) have greater importance for social interaction and
relaxation especially for middle-income communities. Seoul has a
historical network of Cheonggyecheon water stream and its
tributaries. The transport traffic is linked it and with pedestrian
and cyclist circulation along natural and artificial lines. This
paper considers different conditions of existing urban pathways
in Seoul through the case studies: Chyonggyecheon as a largest
water stream restoration project in a city; Seongbukcheon water
stream as a linear open space for local residents;
Jeongreungcheon under the Naebu expressway as a hybrid
landscape. This paper aims to correlate the issues of existing
water streams condition, local neighborhood condition (land
value change), and community planning. Cost-effective
revitalizing of high-dense downtown areas is a challenge for a city
that incorporates multifunctional urban environment of hybrid
landscapes and community planning.


Seoul Water Streams; case study; hybrid landscape; community maintenance & revitalizing projects

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