Wirye New Town

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

Wirye New Town

New apartments rise out of the dirt on the edge of Seoul. This large tract of land had been claimed for a massive “New Town” project. The area was one of Seoul’s last remaining brownfield (previously developed, but unused) zones before the high-rise apartments began filling it in. During construction, the developers and local government representatives discovered that a U.S. military base had previously occupied the area. Due to complexities in negotiations, it is unknown when the handover procedure will be complete. Until then, construction of a major road through the area has been delayed, inconveniencing residents. The land has been left unused except as a waste zone for demolition materials from other sites that have been ground up and dumped here. 

2017