GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET)

, 4:8

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Approaching the issues of Urban Waterstreams Organization as a New City Landscape

Focused on Case Studies in Seoul, South Korea
  • Ekaterina ShafrayAffiliated withArchitecture Department, Korea University Email author 
  • , Kim SeiyongAffiliated withArchitecture Department, Korea University


Nowadays many cities set priorities to shift from automobile-centered towards more bicycle and pedestrianoriented planning directions followed by high-cost infrastructure change projects. Open spaces (recommended to be 15-20% of city land) have greater importance for social interaction and relaxation especially for middle-income communities. Seoul has a historical network of Cheonggyecheon water stream and its tributaries. The transport traffic is linked it and with pedestrian and cyclist circulation along natural and artificial lines. This paper considers different conditions of existing urban pathways in Seoul through the case studies: Chyonggyecheon as a largest water stream restoration project in a city; Seongbukcheon water stream as a linear open space for local residents; Jeongreungcheon under the Naebu expressway as a hybrid landscape. This paper aims to correlate the issues of existing water streams condition, local neighborhood condition (land value change), and community planning. Cost-effective revitalizing of high-dense downtown areas is a challenge for a city that incorporates multifunctional urban environment of hybrid landscapes and community planning.


Seoul Water Streams case study hybrid landscape community maintenance & revitalizing projects