Digging in Nogosan-dong

Resurrection City: The Scale of Seoul's Urban Renewal Process

Digging in Nogosan-dong

An excavator shovels dirt in Nogosan-dong, a neighborhood on a small mountain south of Ewha Womans University. In the distance is Yeomni-dong, next in line for demolition. Whenever a neighborhood is demolished for urban renewal, the dirt underneath is removed to a certain depth for the new buildings, erasing all topographic features of the site. In some cases, entire mountains have been flattened for the construction of more high-rise buildings. 

2017