Friday, March 11, 2011

Saemangeum Gunsan Free Economic Zone (SGFEZ)

We've already mentioned Saemangeum*, the arch claimed over the sea between Gunsan / Buan-gun in Jeollabuk-do, and yet another New Town slash Dream Hub slash Ubiquitous City slash Well Being Greentopia slash Former Korean President Pet Project.

The Saemangeum Gunsan Free Economic Zone (SGFEZ) has beefed up its communication through its website, and an exhibition organized with ARU (London Met's Architecture Research Unit).

Here are the latest visuals :

Note how the number of zones on which they communicate decreased to 3, the only remaining verticals being "tourism" and "industrial" :

- There's more focus on the environment, and Gogunsan Islands become an asset, almost a brand :

- "Saemangeum Industrial Zone", next to Gunsan's "Gunjang National Industrial Complex" up North :

- "Saemangeum Tourism Zone", at the Southern end of the project :

Expect more changes ahead : infrastructures are supposed to be progressively rolled out until 2020, and the timeline stretches until 2040. Parsecs away for Korean urban planners... and in completely alternate universes for Korean politicians.

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  1. Thank you very much for this your article with visuals.

  2. The Saemangeum project keeps evolving, because as expected, its equation doesn't stand.
    Korea is now trying to get funds from China, and after a medical cluster, considering an agriculture theme...


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