Gallery: Songdo IBD: South Korea’s New Eco-City

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Every country needs their own master-planned eco city. Germany will have aptly named ECO CITY Hamburg, the UK has Hanham Hall, Sweden has Super Sustainable City in Gothenburg, Spain has Logroño Montecorvo Eco City, and the UAW has Masdar. But South Korea seems to have two master-planned sustainable communities, we saw this super sustainable city by Foster + Partners earlier this week, and now we are taking a look at Songdo International Business District or Songdo IBD. This new eco-city will be impressive with its list of eco-credentials – tons of beautiful open space and parks, green roofs, solar passive design, mass transit and over 120 buildings built to LEED standards.

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  1. sirvine March 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    My understanding is that New Songdo City was built on tidal flats and estuaries. And it was designed as a business circulation hub for air travel between Tokyo and Singapore. Neither of these things sounds particularly green to me…

  2. jaymann August 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

    i admire it

  3. feline74 October 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Not to be a party pooper, but is massive redevelopment that close to the North Korean border a good idea? Until the two Koreas settle their differences once and for all, the people of Incheon might want to concentrate on surviving the difference settling process.g

  4. ianhau September 18, 2009 at 2:27 am

    very interesting research here:

  5. rlane82 September 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I hope that more governments around the world take notice of all these new eco cities being developed. Hopefully one day existing cities (NYC especially) can be re-configured to bring down the density so that the streets can be inhabited primarily by people with bikes, not cars.

  6. Hana September 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

    So, does SUSTAINABILITY now comes under being a trendsetter? or is it another fashion statement?
    With so many upcoming cities going for that “Eco-City” concept, has any investigations/development/research being done to prove it’s feasibility?
    I’m not for or against the concept of “sustainable cities”. Just a really curious mind, before I start critically analysing!
    :) Cheers

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