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Seoul Plans Housing Development Above Highway

Phil Hall
Jan 20, 2020
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When it comes to finding available space in a crowded urban metro to construct new housing, the municipal government in the South Korean capital of Seoul came up with a unique solution: Build it above a busy highway.
 
According to an article in the Korean Herald, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Housing and Communities Corps have released a blueprint for an artificial plot of land to be built above a 1,640-foot section of the Bukbu Expressway to create a public housing complex for 990 households. The blueprint, which was selected following a global competition, includes areas for green space and recreational facilities for residents, who are expected to be younger households including newlyweds.
 
The blueprint also envisions approximately 44,000-square-feet set aside for new offices and youth support centers in a space next to the highway, along with 37,400-square-feet for a camping site, a playground for pets and walking path. As for the sounds from the highway running below and besides this new construction, a special “bridge system” will be used to separate the structures from the expressway and minimize vibrations and noise.
 
The city plans to break ground for the new site in the second half of 2021 and complete all of its construction in 2024.

 
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