Restored waterways and new development embody traditional Korean philosophy of sustainability
The concept plan for Goyang New Town, the ‘City of Rivers’, envisions a new, sustainability-integrated city for 200,000 inhabitants along the historic Han River in Seoul, South Korea. The client sought a connection to the river, currently separated from the land by a series of barriers; a site for a new university campus; and a wide range of residential and commercial neighborhoods, all on existing agricultural lands one hour north of downtown Seoul.
The 'City of Rivers' concept brings the Han River into the community by establishing a new man-made River and expanding the existing irrigation canal system to create a unique, water-oriented community. The New River, with marinas and restored canals, operates as a critical flood-control system for the Han, which threatens its surroundings every flood season. The 'City of Rivers' is holistically sustainable, creating new wildlife habitats, wetlands and park areas that work to flush and purify the water returning to the Han River, contributing to the cleaning and restoration of the Han as a renewed national symbol of South Korea.
Interwoven across the entire span of the site, the waterways define neighborhoods; articulate residential, commercial and industrial sectors; and serve as both transportation routes and recreational destinations. The plan integrates and potentiates existing wind, sun, rainwater, native vegetation, and open space resources. Nowhere else in the City of Seoul can the Han River be so integrated within surrounding urban development.