Mayor's Hope Journal

  • A Meeting with Zaha Hadid
    [Mayor Park Won Soon's Hope Journal 440]

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  • Today, I met with Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British architect who designed the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) building. There was a lot of controversy about the appearance of the building and some people pointed out that its appearance does not blend in well with the surroundings. Now, the thing is how we make it a forward base for the No.1 Creative Industry of Asia

    I answered a question that was raised about this during today’s meeting by stating that I will be responsible for how the building will develop, no matter what controversies there were in the course of the construction. I also expressed my gratitude to Ms. Zaha Hadid for her designing the building, whose content-related work was commenced by former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and completed by me. The DDP’s contents should be developed in such a way that it will make local residents happy and its influence should be extended to nearby traditional markets and needlework factories in nearby Changsin-dong.

    We should strive to have this building change others in the area and then the entire city through the exertion of its influence. Ms. Zaha Hadid said that she quite agreed with my view that in the said respect the building would be a new joint work of her and me.

    Seoul Metropolitan Government spent 480 billion won for the construction of the building plus 32 billion won for its operation. I made sure that the building would set up its own profit model so that no additional taxpayers’ money should be spent on it. Isn’t it another example of creative design to make an arrangement not to spend more of taxpayers’ money while utilizing it as the No.1 building in the city?