Plans unveiled for high-tech ’10-minute metropolis’ in Seoul

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

The concept of a “15-minute metropolis,” by which residents can all attain work and leisure amenities inside a quarter-hour stroll — or cycle — of their properties, has gained important traction amongst city planners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, a bunch of architects is planning an much more bold neighborhood in South Korea’s capital, Seoul: a 10-minute metropolis.

Dubbed “Challenge H1,” the event is about to rework an previous industrial web site into an interconnected “sensible” metropolis. Combining eight residential buildings with co-working places of work and research areas, the 125-acre district can also be set to deal with leisure venues, health facilities, swimming swimming pools and even hydroponic city farms.

The undertaking contains eight residential towers, in addition to retail, industrial and leisure amenities. Credit score: Courtesy WAX & Virgin Lemon

Designed by Dutch structure agency UNStudio and backed by Hyundai Improvement Firm (an actual property agency owned by the conglomerate behind the automotive maker of the identical title), the neighborhood can even be utterly car-free. A press launch for the undertaking claimed that “all of the conveniences of town” will probably be inside a 10-minute stroll of individuals’s properties.

In an announcement, UNStudio co-founder Ben van Berkel mentioned that residents’ “day by day life expertise” is the undertaking’s “prime precedence.”

“We do that by the inclusion of a wealthy density of uplifting, curated on-site experiences that present an intensive vary of choices for a way they will spend their dwelling, working and leisure time, thereby additionally saving them the time wanted to journey elsewhere within the metropolis — as a result of with time that’s saved, extra time is created,” he’s quoted as saying.

A digital rendering shows residents walking through the pedestrianized neighborhood.

A digital rendering reveals residents strolling by the pedestrianized neighborhood. Credit score: Courtesy WAX & Virgin Lemon

A spokesperson for UNStudio confirmed that undertaking has been green-lit however didn’t disclose when it’s more likely to break floor. For now, a collection of CGI renderings trace at how the neighborhood will look, with public plazas, gardens, inexperienced roofs and “nature zones” linked by pedestrian walkways.

The architects additionally mentioned that clear power will probably be generated on web site, whereas methods to seize and retailer rain are being designed to cut back water use.

The “15-minute metropolis” idea was first proposed by French-Colombian educational Carlos Moreno in 2016, and was extra lately popularized by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who proposed making the French capital a “ville du quart d’heure” — a quarter-hour metropolis — throughout her latest reelection marketing campaign.

An aerial view of the proposed neighborhood.

An aerial view of the proposed neighborhood. Credit score: Courtesy WAX & Virgin Lemon

Critics have prompt that the idea might trigger gentrification by additional concentrating wealth in essentially the most accessible and handy districts. The desirability of “15-minute” neighborhoods might, in flip, end in dwelling costs that exclude low-income and marginalized communities.
However the Covid-19 pandemic has seen rising curiosity within the idea. With folks all over the world working from dwelling and avoiding public transport, city planners have begun pedestrianizing streets and reimagining how cities handle dense populations.

Writing within the educational journal Sensible Cities earlier this yr, Moreno mentioned, “The emergence of this pandemic uncovered the vulnerability of cities … and the necessity for a radical re-thinking, the place modern measures should be tailor-made to make sure that city residents are in a position to cope and proceed with their fundamental actions, together with cultural ones, to make sure that cities stay each resilient and livable within the quick and lengthy phrases.”

He added that “additional analysis is now warranted to showcase how the thought and its components will be replicated in cities throughout the international south.”