South Korea Low Carbon City Project Progress Report

On Friday April 17th, 2015, the Urban Design Lab (UDL) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, along with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) hosted a lecture on the Progress of the South Korea Low Carbon City Project by Dr Seiyong Kim, Director of the Low Carbon City Research Project, Professor of Architecture and former Vice President of Korea University, and current Visiting Professor in the GSAPP’s Urban Design Program.

On August 15th, 2008, then President of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak made a vision statement on low carbon green growth, raising the issue to a national priority. The Korean Government’s Green Growth Committee then established a Five Year National Plan containing three strategies and 10 directions aiming to make the nation one of the top seven nations in green technology and economy by 2020. Korea University, in collaboration with Yonsei University, Sejong University, the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), and the Hyundai Development Company, is participating in the Low Carbon City Project with the goal of developing an all in one, low carbon construction process for cities featuring corollary simulation software and algorithms, including verification and feedback.

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