The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the “Seoul Station 7017 Project” on January 29. The city government is holding an international contest, from January 29 to April 24, for the submission of construction designs to turn this plan into reality. The number 7017 is significant as it refers to ① the historical elevated road created in 1970 and reborn in 2017, ② the renewal of the elevated road from a road for cars in 1970 to 17 roads for people, and ③ a 17m-high elevated road created in 1970 and ④ significance of being the first urban regeneration project aiming to transform the Seoul Station Overpass and the areas near Seoul Station into high value-added areas.
The 「Seoul Station 7017 Project」 is largely focused on ▴ significant improvement of the pedestrian environment through the renewal of the elevated road near Seoul Station,▴facilitation of the urban regeneration of Namdaemun Market and the areas near Seoul Station ▴the remedy and resolution of problems related to communication, traffic, and safety.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government established the Urban Renewal Headquarters to specify the details regarding a new paradigm for urban development called “Seoul-Style Urban Renewal,” instead of tearing down architecture as they had in the past. Regarding the elevated road near Seoul Station, the city government aims to create a role model for urban renewal projects that will trigger the revitalization of the Seoul Station area.
“The elevated road near Seoul Station is an important infrastructure in the history of the city and the lives of the people,” said Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon. He also said, “Instead of tearing it down and building new things, as we had in the past, we are planning on creating new value that will add to the lives of the people through urban renewal. We will pursue this renewal project of the elevated road near Seoul Station, along with our citizens, so that it can become a symbolic example of the changed paradigm for development in Seoul.”
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Proposing the direction to utilize the elevated road near Seoul Station