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- [Seoul's News] Seoul Mayor Park Sets Out on His First Eurasia Tour
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- Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will tour Eurasia for the first time since his appointment from June 26 until July 4. The mayor will tour three cities in Russia (▴Moscow, ▴ Ulyanovsk and ▴Saint Petersburg) as well as Uzbekistan and Tashkent over 9 days. Through the visit to Eurasia, Mayor Park will extend the scope of Seoul’s city diplomacy one step further and contribute to the strategic mutual development between Korea and Russia as well as Korea and Uzbekistan through a practical city diplomatic policy of sharing outstanding policies, etc. At the first city Moscow, Mayor Park will give a keynote speech under the title of ‘Korea-Russia Relationship in the Era of Peaceful Economy in Northeast Asia’ through the invitation of the global think-tank RIAC (Russian International Affairs Council). He will then meet up with Mayor Sobyanin Sergey of Moscow, a sister city of Seoul for over the past 26 years, to sign an agreement that will upgrade the sister city relationship agenda in the areas of climate change response, pedestrian-friendly city and e-Government. At Ulyanovsk, Mayor Park will attend the fourth WeGo General Assembly (June 27 – 30) as the chairman where 350 representatives from over 110 cities will participate between June 28 and 29 to preside over the meeting and lead the voting on eight major agenda items such as selecting the next chair city and the host of the next general assembly. Lastly, Mayor Park will visit Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Tashkent was a friendship city in 2006 and was upgraded into a sister city in 2010. This is the first time that a Mayor of Seoul has visited the city. Mayor Park said, “In line with the various changes in the government’s diplomatic policies, Seoul will seek strategic mutual development and contribute to the peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia through practical city diplomacy that resolves the common problems faced by cities all around the world.” (Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/seoul-mayor-park-sets-first-eurasia-tour/)
- [USA_Huffpost] In Seoul, Confusion And Apathy Surround City’s 3,200 Bomb Shelter..
- 등록일 2017-08-17 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 1 READS
- In Seoul, Confusion And Apathy Surround City’s 3,200 Bomb Shelters “I am not worried about North Korea. At all,” an American retiree in South Korea says. By Nick Visser 08/15/2017 05:30 am ET (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/seoul-bomb-shelters_us_59927081e4b09071f69c2539) SEOUL ― They are tacked to doors outside thousands of office complexes, apartment buildings and subway stations here ― simple but bright red signs bearing the word “shelter” in Korean, Chinese and English. The panels, which direct residents to one of the South Korean capital’s 3,200 emergency bomb shelters should North Korea ― a mere 35 miles away ― decide to launch any of its conventional artillery southward. After nearly seven decades of conflict between the North and South, many of the evacuation centers go unnoticed, and city officials say 74 percent of Seoul residents aren’t sure where their nearest one is. Office workers often don’t know what the signs mean or even that their own buildings are listed as emergency evacuation points in a comprehensive government database. In any conflict with Pyongyang, analysts say, Seoul is expected to be among the first, and most vulnerable, targets. North Korea is thought to have thousands of conventional arms ― cannons and rocket launchers ― buried in the hills north of the Demilitarized Zone that can be fired up to 37 miles into South Korea, able to reach much of Seoul and its 10 million inhabitants. The North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump traded a series of increasingly bombastic statements last week after Trump promised “fire and fury” should Kim keep up the country’s rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program. North Korea released its own, albeit expected, threats before Trump said his earlier statements might not have been “tough enough.” U.S. officials later scrambled to rein in the president’s comments and said armed conflict was a last resort. Kim Sung-min, an official on Seoul Metropolitan Government’s civil defense management team, said that as of Aug. 10 there were 3,257 shelters in the city, but he added they were equipped to withstand conventional weaponry, not nuclear or chemical attacks. The term “shelter” is itself a generality and can lead to a parking garage, train platform or storage area as long as it’s underground and at least 1,000 square feet. (The discription of the above picture: Estimated people per grid square, grid is 100 meters square. Source: Ministry of Public Safety and Security, South Korea; Worldpop;Center for Strategic and International Studies.) In addition to the signs, government workers are expected to help lead citizens to the shelters in case of an attack, Kim explained. “If we had an emergency situation, civil servants would be placed to let people know where to evacuate,” he said, noting that “every local government has an alarm system as well.” That system will be tested Aug. 23 as part of a nationwide preparation drill. But many of Seoul’s emergency shelters lie beneath private buildings whose residents often see such procedures as annoying and tedious. “Since the training is not compulsory for private buildings and the residents get annoyed when we start the alarm, we usually try to cut it short,” said Park Jong-sun, a member of management staff for the building occupied in part by HuffPost Korea. “If there’s a fine for not doing it thoroughly, we’d run it, but there has been no government regulation.” Ahn Jong-min, an administrative manager at a government community center for Seoul’s Ahyeon neighborhood, said if North Korea were to attack, there’s “not much” government services could do, aside from helping people prepare. “If a war broke out, Korean military would take the controls and handle the situation,” Ahn said. “In other words, we don’t have a field manual for potential war. It will all depend on the situation.” “We are prepared for flood or fire damage, but I think a war is a completely different situation,” he said. He stressed that the Seoul metropolitan government has a thorough website that offers safety guidelines and an app that can direct residents to the nearest shelter. When asked if anyone had inquired recently about the nearest shelter or emergency procedures, Ahn said no one had come in to ask. <The Discription of the above Picture: the front page of South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo on Monday includes an article on the city’s emergency bomb shelters> Despite the apparent lack of knowledge about the location and use of shelters, government officials and local media appear to have recently been treating the issue with more seriousness. South Korea’s conservative Chosun Ilbo, the country’s largest newspaper, ran a front-page story on emergency shelter awareness on Monday morning. The story encouraged residents to plan to take shelter in 5 minutes or less should an emergency alert sound. “If the North Koreans shoot missiles or cannons, the time it takes for the shells to fly to Seoul is about 2 to 6 minutes, so we should take shelter in less than 5 minutes after the air raid warning,” an official at the country’s alarm control station told Chosun Ilbo. In July, Reuters reported that Seoul had handed out 34,000 paper fans with information about bomb shelters. Chosun Ilbo reported Monday there were plans to distribute up to 300,000 leaflets with similar information in coming weeks. “We always put every effort to promote this information in various ways to make sure people know exactly how to behave in that kind of situation,” Kim, the civil defense official, told HuffPost. But many in Seoul simply don’t seem to believe a direct attack from North Korea is imminent, despite the escalating war of words. “I am not worried about North Korea. At all,” Frank Scott, a 67-year-old American who retired to Seoul, said Sunday. “The country’s been living under threats and bellicose statements for 70 years. Nothing’s going to happen.” HuffPost Korea’s Julie Yoon and Wan Heo contributed to this report.
- [Seoul's News] The SMG Remodels Outdated Gosiwons into Share Houses for Young Pe..
- 등록일 2017-08-04 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 9 READS
- The SMG Remodels Outdated Gosiwons into Share Houses for Young People and Supply 290 Houses This Year - The SMG remodels non-dwellings into share houses called remodeling-type social houses, following the demonstration project (40 houses) held last year. - The SMG provides up to 80% of the remodeling expenses (up to 200 million won) and lends up to 90% of the business funds. - Single-person households of youth can rent a share house up to six to ten years at 80% of the market price of the surrounding areas. - The SMG recruits housing cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profit cooperations, etc. that want to participate in the project throughout the year. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (hereinafter referred to as the SMG) will remodel non-dwellings such as outdated gosiwons (facilities packed with tiny one-room units), inns, and motels into share houses which are a combination of private residential space and community space and provide them to single-person households of young people up to six to ten years at 80% of the market price. The SMG will supply a total of 290 remodeling-type social houses this year. This year, the SMG increased the supply goal by seven times from last year’s demonstration project of 40 houses (2 buildings). It will raise the support limit of remodeling expenses from 150 million won to 200 million won in order to reduce the burden of initial business funds.※ Demonstration project for remodeling-type social housing (2016) No. Business operator Address No. of houses 1 SUNLAB 116-25, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 20 houses 2 SUNLAB 1546, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 20 houses Last year, the SMG started the Remodeling-type Social Housing Project for the first time in Korea in order to reduce the burden of living on young people. It is a public-private mix project for both building owners who have difficulty finding tenants due to the economic recession and outdated buildings and young people who are looking for houses at reasonable prices. Business operators consisting of housing cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profit cooperations, etc. purchase or lease and remodel non-dwellings that are built at least 15 years ago. Single-person households of young people (those who do not own a house and whose monthly average income is 70% or below of the urban household income) can rent the houses up to six to ten years at 80% of the market price. The SMG provides 60% to 80% (up to 150 million to 200 million won) of the remodeling expenses depending on the project period (six to ten years). Business operators can borrow up to 90% of the business funds through Korea Social Investment (8 years, interest rates of 3% or below). Gosiwon, a type of studio apartment in South Korea, are facilities packed with tiny one-room units connected by a narrow corridor. Through this project, gosiwon buildings are remodeled into a new conceptual share housing model for single-person households, which are a combination of a private residential space and community space (dining room, washroom, shower, lounge, conference room, etc.). <Remodeling Before & After> On the 8th (Monday), the SMG announced that it would recruit business operators for its Remodeling-type Social Housing Project throughout the year. Housing cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profit cooperations, and small- and medium-sized businesses (construction businesses, real estate businesses, and lease businesses) that have the ability and experience in home remodeling and are interested in housing problems can participate in the project. Business operators who want to participate in the project should receive a written consent for sale (lease) of the structure from building owners and visit the Housing Policy Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to submit the required documents including a business proposal. In addition to the Remodeling-type Social Housing Project, the SMG has been conducting the Land-leasehold Social Housing Project. Through this project, social business entities can lease land for over 30 years (annual interest rate of 1%). The SMG started recruiting tenants of Youth Sharing Houses (15 houses) in Jeongneung-dong, Seongbuk-gu on the 8th (Monday). Deposits are between 23 million won and 32 million won and the monthly rent is 100,000 won. Visit the website of Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation (http://www.i-sh.co.kr) for further information. < Estimated Outdoor Appearances> The Director of the SMG Housing & Architecture Bureau Jeong Yu-seung said, "The new word ji-ok-go (meaning semi-basement, rooftop house, and gosiwon) represents the housing problems of young people. To reduce the burden of living, the SMG has been developing and supplying a variety of residential models including remodeling-type social houses. We hope than many social business entities will participate in the project to resolve the housing problems of young people." <Case 1: Remodeling-type Social Housing No. 1 (Sillim-dong)> (Image source: (To-be): Alveolus Space LAB)
- [Seoul's News] Seoul’s SIA Social Houses Emerge as Houses for Young Koreans
- 등록일 2017-08-04 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 2 READS
- Seoul’s SIA Social Houses Emerge as Houses for Young Koreans - The SIA Social Housing Project was adopted as a government policy and the original goal of 15,000 houses will be achieved within the year. - The SMG has been making preparations for the project in a total of 45 sites (16,851 houses) and broke ground at three sites (3,616 houses) including Hangangno 2-ga. - The preexisting support policy for deposits and monthly rent will be applied to young people with low income next year for social mixing. - The SMG eased the target range of the project and the requirements for designation by revising the Ordinance for Provision of SIA Social Houses and will propose institutional improvements to the central government. - SH will handle the construction work and housing management for private businesses and its first agreement is already in progress. The Korean government has adopted the "SIA (Station Influence Area) Social Housing Project for 2030" of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (hereinafter referred to as the SMG) as its government policy named "Housing Policy for Young People." The SMG has been making preparations for this project in a total of 45 sites. The SMG announced that it would be able to supply 15,000 houses, which is the original goal of the project (based on project approval), by the end of the year. The Korean government is making efforts to secure 200,000 houses for in station influence areas and increase the capacity of college dormitories to 50,000 in order to reduce the burden of living on college students other young people. Among the 45 project sites, three project sites (▴1,916 houses in Hangangno 2-ga, Yongsan-gu, ▴523 houses in Chungjeongno 3-ga, Seodaemun-gu, and ▴1,177 houses in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu) were approved in March and construction work has commenced. A total of 3,616 houses will be constructed. ※ Progress of the SIA Social Housing Project for Young People Category Item Approved In progress In preparation No. of cases 45 3 14 28 No. of houses Sum 16,851 3,616 5,471 7,764 Public 3,241 645 1,116 1,480 Private 13,610 2,971 4,355 6,284 The SMG will commence with construction in 14 sites (Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu / Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu / Yongdap-dong, Seongdong-gu / Hwagok-dong, Gangseo-gu / Ssangmun-dong, Dobong-gu, etc.) as soon as their project plans are approved. It has been preparing to obtain approval for the remaining 28 sites. The SMG will conduct a variety of policies for young tenants and business owners so that young people from various income brackets can move into SIA Social Houses for 2030 for social mixing. In addition, the SMG will be able to supply more houses at prices lower than newly constructed public rental housing. The SMG focuses on four tasks. It will ①provide more financial support to tenants, ②ease regulations by revising ordinances, ③support private businesses through Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation, and ④suggest improvements in government policies. <The SMG will attract tenants from various income brackets for social mixing by expanding its preexisting deposit and rent support policy> First, by the end of next year, the Long-term Housing Policy and the Housing Voucher Policy, which was previously only applied to rental houses, will be applied to low income youth who will move into SIA social houses. The SMG will provide interest-free loans for monthly rent as well as deposits. Tenants whose monthly average income is below 70% of the urban household income of the previous year are entitled to the Long-term Housing Policy. Tenants can borrow 30% of the tenancy deposit, up to 45 million won, interest free. The targets are houses whose area of exclusive use space is 60㎡ or below. The sum of the deposit and monthly rent (tenancy deposit) should be below 220 million won or below for single-person households and 330 million won or below for two-person households. Tenants whose monthly average income is about 50% to 60% of the urban household income can receive interest-free loans for the deposits and monthly rent through the Housing Voucher Policy. The SMG will provide tenants whose monthly average income is below 50% of the urban household income with public rental houses (happy houses) at the prices of national rental housing. As the tenancy deposits of SIA social houses are expected to be lower than the maximum aid for deposits (Area of exclusive use space: 60㎡ or below, 330 million won), all tenants of SIA social houses will be able to receive the benefits. As more and more people are expected to move into SIA social houses, the SMG will ask the central government to increase funding. ※ Financial support for tenants of SIA social houses for young people Income criteria Below 50% of urban household income 50% - 60% of urban household income 61% - 70% of urban household income Over 70% of urban household income Support measure Supplying public rental houses at the prices of national rental housing Providing an interest-free loan for deposit (45 million won) + monthly rent Providing an interest-free loan for deposit (45 million won) Providing the first rent at 60% of the market prices Expected rent (for one person) 200,000 won or below 200,000 won - 300,000 won 300,000 won - 400,000 won ※ Five support measures for tenants of SIA social houses (came into effect January 2017) ▴Minimum deposit ratio: 30% ▴Providing up to 45 million won, interest free, for deposits to young people with low income▴Providing small houses in areas with high rent such as Gangnam, and downtown areas. ▴Introducing sharing houses ▴Establishing community facilities for young people <The SMG eases the range of the project targets and the requirements for designation by revising the Ordinance for Provision of SIA Social Houses> Second, the SMG eased the range of the project targets and the requirements for designation by revising the Ordinance for Provision for SIA Social Houses of Seoul Metropolitan City (announced on May 18, 2017) in order to promote the SIA Social Housing Project for 2030. ※ The Ordinance for Provision of SIA Social Houses of Seoul Metropolitan City (May 18, 2017) ▴Among the public transportation-centered SIAs, easing the minimum road width standard from 30m to 25m ▴Including the neighboring commercial areas in the project targets ▴The Mayor may designate areas with a dense population of young people requiring houses as the project targets discretionally. ▴Not applying the standards for outdated structures to the preexisting facilities (not houses) with a total floor area of 5,000㎡ or below in the project areas, etc. ▴If the minimum road width standard changes to 25m with the revision of the ordinance, the number of public transportation SIAs increases by 24 (212 → 236) around 284 stations in Seoul, ▴about 820,000㎡ of the neighboring commercial areas are newly included in the project targets, and ▴the Mayor may designate areas with a dense population of young people, such as Sillim-dong and Noryangjin-dong as the project targets discretionally. The SMG expects that the SIA Social Housing Project will be greatly promoted. <SH handles the entire project and housing management for private businesses that have difficulty in conducting construction work and managing houses> Third, the SMG will support private businesses through Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation (SH). Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation handles the entire project from approval to construction (project management) and housing management (rental housing management on commission) for private businesses that have less experience in development/construction work and housing management. SH concludes a lease agreement of private rental houses with private businesses for up to eight years. As a result, private businesses can easily raise business funds and SH can sublease the houses to young people. This system called self-management type rental housing management is now in force. Furthermore, the SMG concluded an agreement with Korea Housing Finance Corporation (HF) and KB Kookmin Bank on April 19 so that private businesses that entrust project/housing management to SH and have difficulty raising initial business funds can borrow up to 70% of the business expenses under the guarantee of HF. SH will make an investment in private businesses that conduct the project in the manner of REITs. The SMG signed its first agreement for general project management with a private business (land owner) in Yongdap-dong, Seongdong-gu and has been working on the approval process. The SMG will expand this support project and support about 1,500 houses this year. As the SIA Social Housing Project for 2030 became part of the government policy, the SMG will propose institutional improvements to the central government. Its improvement proposal includes ▴the expansion of the scope of the review and the simplification process of the Deliberative Committee of Private Rental Houses, ▴the limitation of the annexed parking lot in the SIAs and the installation of the sharing parking lot (Car-Sharing Service), and ▴the national support of the deposits and rent for young people with low income . If such improvements are properly achieved, the SMG expects that it can exceed its original goal of supplying 50,000 SIA social houses (10,000 public rental houses and 40,000 private rental houses) within three years. In addition to the revision of the Ordinance for Provision of SIA Social Houses and the support of Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation, the SMG will hold a weekly information session for land owners, experts, and citizens at City Hall. It will hold a visiting information session at the request of land owners, etc. so as to attract more interest and participation in SIA social houses. The SMG conducts the SIA Social Housing Project for 2030 to reduce the burden of living on young people. The SMG upgrades the land usage of private land in the public transportation-centered SIAs, simplifies the relevant processes, and gives tax benefits to private businesses. In return, private businesses remodel all the residential space into public or private rental houses and provide them preferentially to young people. In return of upgrading the land usage, private businesses remodel 10% to 25% of their residential space into public rental houses and supply them to the SMG. The SMG provides these rental houses at 68% to 80% of the market prices of the surrounding areas. The remaining 75% to 90% is remodeled into private rental houses and provided at 90% of the market prices of the surrounding areas. Moreover a variety of community facilities for young people including business incubator centers, educational facilities, conference rooms, concert halls, and exhibition halls will be installed in SIA social houses. In addition to being a place to live, SIA social houses will be a place to work, enjoy, and play as the epicenter of the community for youth. The Director of the SMG Housing & Architecture Bureau Jeong Yu-seung said, "We are glad that the SIA Social Housing Project for 2030 of the SMG was selected as a government policy. This project may solve the housing problems of young people in Korea including Seoul. We are willing to share our knowhow with the central government and other cities."
- [Arirang TV News] The 'Hanging Garden' of Seoul, Seoullo 7017 opens
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- South Korea's busy capital has a brand new tourist attraction. In some sense it's more like a successful transformation. Instead being discarded, a disused overpass, has been given a new lease in life.
- [SI Report] The Seoul Institute Research Abstracts 2016
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- The Seoul Institute Research Abstracts 2016 Urban Planning Background A Study on Rezoning Urban Centers by the 2030 Seoul Plan A Planning Monitoring Study on the Community Plan of Seou A Study on the Changing Housing Market and Policy Implications in Seoul A Study of the Seoul Residential Environment Management Projects for Sustainable Management of Low-Rise Residential Areas Understanding Urban Planning in the City of Pyongyang Transportation Planning Background Analysis of Seoul Citizen’s Vehicle Ownership and User Characteristics Seoul Subway Congestion Costs and Policy Implications Strategies for Improving the Quasi-Public Bus Operating System of the Seoul Metropolitan Government Improvements of Travel Survey and Statistical Indicators for Walk Trips Traffic Operation Strategy to Improve Pedestrian Safety at Signalized Intersections Establishment of an Annual Reporting Framework for Seoul Transport Complaints Role of Transportation Planning for Urban Regeneration Projects in Seoul The Road Subsidence Conditions and Safety Improvement Plans in Seoul Strategic Plan for Developing Da Nang Metropolitan Region Environmental Planning Background Environmentally Friendly Urban Management Using Biotope Map A Study on Functional Improvement and Management for Streamlets in Seoul A Study on the Plans to Establish Standards for Setting Priorities of Compensation for Unexecuted Urban Planning Facilities Infrastructure in Green Tract of Land Policy Options to Manage High-pollution On-road Diesel Vehicles Based on Excessive Emission Grades in Seoul A Study on the Utilization of Emergency Generators as a Backup Power System Urban Administration Background A Study about the Promotion Strategies of the Decentralization Agendas of the Seoul Declaration Study on the Estimation Method for the Subsidy Rate for National Subsidies in Social Welfare A Study on Defining and Allocating the Safety Budget in Seoul Searching for the Way to Establish the ‘Seoul-type Governance’ The Economy Background Research on Consumer Survey Index in Seoul Current State and Future Outlook of Geographical Concentrations of Small-sized Manufacturing Enterprises in Seoul A Study on Supporting the Living Goods Industry in Seoul, South Korea Analysis of the Food Service Sector in Seoul An Analysis about the Effects of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Procurement Policy for the Socially Disadvantaged Business Characteristics and Prospects of South Korea’s Inbound Tourism Markets Social Policy Background From Local Government to Citizen Initiative: A Search for Seoul’s Model of Self-Governance A Study on Characteristics and Regional Distribution of Seoul’s Cultural Resources A Study on the Support for Promoting the Youth Activities in Seoul A Study on Strategic Labour Policies of Seoul A Study on the Strategy of Labour Policy in Seoul A Study on the Operation and Roles of Labor Welfare Organizations in Seoul A Policy for Spread of Living Wage in Private Sectors
- [Brochur] Digital Seoul e-Governance
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- [The Mori Memorial Foundation] Seoul Ranking 6th place comprehensively on the Gl..
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- Features of The Global Power City Index (GPCI) See the Original (Click Here) 1. As opposed to limiting the ranking to particular areas of research such as ��Finance�� and ��Livability, �� the GPCI focuses on a wide variety of functions in order to assess and rank the global potential and comprehensive power of a city. 2. 42 of the world��s leading cities were selected and their global comprehensive power evaluated based on the following viewpoints: six main functions representing city strength (Economy, Research and Development, Cultural Interaction, Livability, Environment, and Accessibility), and five global actors who lead the urban activities in their cities (Manager, Researcher, Artist, Visitor, and Resident), thus providing an all-encompassing view of the cities. 3. The GPCI reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each city and at the same time uncovers problems that need to be overcome. 4. This ranking has been produced with the involvement of the late Sir Peter Hall, a global authority in urban studies, as well as other academics in this field. It has been peer reviewed by third parties, all international experts from both the public and private sectors.