Solutions from Seoul: Dongdaemun Design Plaza Revitalises Downtown Seoul

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The March edition of our knowledge series “Solutions from Seoul” highlights the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, arguably Seoul’s most successful urban development project to date. The Design Plaza, which replaced an old decrepit stadium, has transformed the obsolete downtown region into a vibrant fashion hub and popular tourist destination. The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s efforts to successfully negotiate with all stakeholders – including street vendors who made their living outside the old stadium – also serves as a good example of how to coordinate the intricately tangled conflicts between interested parties involved in the city development process. 

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