A Dark Side to Daylighting?

Seoul's plans to restore the city's streams are gaining international attention, but critics contend that the project is moving too quickly.
February 29, 2004, 5am PST | Connie Chung
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The Cheonggyecheon project, in Seoul, South Korea, a plan dedicated to restoring the city's streams, "will get world wide recognition at Venice's ninth International Architecture Biennale, one of the world's most prestigious international architecture exhibitions." The project will be part of an exhibition called "City and Water" and will include "environmentally friendly urban planning designs from various waterfront cities, such as Berlin, Barcelona and Boston." Despite the honor and the international recognition, the project is not without its critics. "With deconstruction workers continually unearthing artifacts from Seoul's 600-year-old past at stream sites, some feel the project has been conducted too hastily." One local architect and environmentalist, and critic of the project contends that "the central problem concerning the project [is] what will happen after its completion, an issue that the biennale exhibition will in all likelihood avoid addressing."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 in Korea Herald
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