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  • Changes in Paradigm of Refurbishment and Redevelopment of Existing Buildings
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 156]

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    Seoul Metropolitan Government will change the paradigm of refurbishment and redevelopment of existing buildings. We will focus on “human-centered” and “future-oriented” when building apartments in urban overhaul zones associated with refurbishment and redevelopment. Under the new paradigm, newly built apartments will take into account the overall urban landscape, unique local atmosphere, and communication with neighbors. Toward such end, Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the guidelines for the construction of human-centered, futuristic apartments. We will consider the “public good” factor of overhaul projects when building a large-scale apartment complex accommodating 2,000 households and have a team of professional architects (“Seoul-Type Public Architects”) check the appropriateness of the construction plan throughout the entire project from planning to actual construction.

    So far, apartment construction focusing on development gains has resulted in uniformly shaped neighborhoods. Apartment dwellers have alienated themselves from the community. It is time to find ways to encourage apartment dwellers to mingle with others in the community. Under the new plan, Seoul Metropolitan Government will adopt a new paradigm that encourages residents, experts, and local government to work together to form a nice community instead of focusing on profitability.

    The new paradigm will help create communities differentiated from others. Apartments built in a slope will be encouraged to maintain their unique skylines without affecting natural topography. Similarly, those built close to the waterside areas will be encouraged to maintain the natural surroundings. Those built in areas with traces of the country’s history will be encouraged not to render damage to olden-day roads and local characteristics.

    Apartments will be asked to refrain from building high fences and to adopt barrier-free concept and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), giving consideration to the disabled, senior citizens, and children.

    Apartments will be required to have the basic facilities (e.g., child care facility, mini-library, senior citizens’ lounge) and recommended facilities (such as local culture center and community support center).

    Seoul-Type Public Architects will take part in the planning and design stage as mediators and advisers and check the compliance of the ongoing construction with the plan as commissioners. This process will enhance the “public good” factor of overhaul projects and help build futuristic apartments based on the collaboration between the local residents and the local government.

    Therefore, let’s see how the refurbishment project of Jamsil Jugong Apt. Danji 5 and Garak Siyeong Apt. will be implemented under the new paradigm. They are the first case of Seoul-Type Public Architects taking part to present guidelines for the overall overhaul plan.

    For Jamsil Jugong Apt. Danji 5, refurbishment has been carried out under the theme of sustainable urban village with the participation of Public Architects since April last year. The newly built apartments will range from 5-story to 50-story ones. A pedestrian road network linking Jamsil Station with the river will be formed. Efforts will be made to avoid blocking the view of the river. “A thousand courtyards” will be set up between the center of the complex and neighboring areas to encourage formation of a local resident community.

    Turning to Garak Siyeong Apt., in December last year, the Building Construction Deliberation Committee decided to have Public Architects take part in the four-month-long consultation meetings to discuss matters concerning communication with the local community and creativity in the overhaul plan. Ideas adopted for communication with the local community include: HELIO POLIS (meaning village full of light), central green area, open layout for central buildings, formation of community with diversity, linkage with Tancheon, farming areas within the complex, etc.

    We should all work together to make human-centered, future-oriented apartments where people can forge friendships with neighbors.