By looking at Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, this article from <em>City Journal</em> explores how politics and different governmental ideologies have shaped the growth of these mega-cities.
Dec 19, 2010 City Journal
Single-story, tiled-roof houses called hanok used to cover the footprint of Seoul, now a city of skyscrapers and avant-garde architecture. Today many describe the hanok as "endangered,"and conflict has come to a head in the small district of Bukchon.
Dec 14, 2010 The New York Times
New Songdo City is rising in South Korea, part of an effort to lure foreign investment and business that will help revitalize the struggling economy.
Oct 28, 2010 Architectural Record
The Korean Housing Institute claims that housing prices are more inflated in Korea than they've ever been in the States, and prices have begun to fall precipitously.
Jul 7, 2010 The Korea Times
South Korean government officials are increasingly focusing on green projects to improve their cities' sustainability -- and create legacies for politicians.
Mar 29, 2010 The New York Times
South Korean officials have begun work on a $19.2 billion effort to remake the country's four largest rivers. The project would slightly reshape the rivers and add towns and bike trails to their waterfronts.
Dec 14, 2009 The New York Times
Violent activists threw gasoline bombs from the top of a building in Seoul, protesting forced evictions to make way for new development. Police stormed the building, and the resulting fire killed six.
Feb 16, 2009 The Los Angeles Times
The demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea has become one of the world's most important wildlife conservation sites.
Nov 27, 2008 The Christian Science Monitor
<p>South Korea's new president has proposed the engineering and construction of a huge cross-country canal -- a plan he hopes will revive much of the country's depressed villages and offer an attractive venue for tourists and shipping companies.</p>
Mar 13, 2008 The New York Times