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Title: SUSTAINABLE HISTORICAL DISTRICT THROUGH CULTURE-LED REGENERATION: A STUDY OF INSADONG CULTURAL DISTRICT, SEOUL
Authors: TANGJITPEANSHOKE NATHAWUT
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Heng Chye Kiang
2012/2013 Aki DT
Arch
Conservation
Cultural District
Gentrification
Regeneration
Seoul
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2014
Citation: TANGJITPEANSHOKE NATHAWUT (2014-09-23). SUSTAINABLE HISTORICAL DISTRICT THROUGH CULTURE-LED REGENERATION: A STUDY OF INSADONG CULTURAL DISTRICT, SEOUL. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Seoul, like many other contemporary East Asian Cities, has seen a period of rapid modernization, which resulted in an irreversible cost on the city’s existing fabric. Much of this historic fabric which embodies the unique history and culture of Seoul were leveled to make way for high-rise buildings and large development. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the cultural heritage as a potential source to boost the city attractiveness and tourism in Seoul. As a result, Seoul embarked on various culture-led regeneration projects, one of which is the designation of cultural districts. However, the impact to the existing heritage is constantly a contended issue, especially when it involves the tension between conservation and economic progress. The nature of culture-led regeneration through the creation of cultural district is explored through the designation of Insadong Cultural District. Three main policies which include, Car Free Street Programme, Cultural District Plan and District Unit Plan have led to the formation of the modern image of Insadong. Research conducted revealed that the driver for the regeneration carries a strong economic imperative. The conservation efforts were limited to preserving only the physical landscape of Insadong. On the other hand, the rapid increase in rent lead to gentrification of many traditional cultural businesses and problem of standardization. Nevertheless, the project was successful in attracting many visitors, both local and international. This resulted in the creation of an attractive public space in downtown Seoul. The dissertation discusses the difficulty and consideration that must be put into designing a sustainable cultural district. Issues such as gentrification, authenticity, diversity and the tension between different stakeholders will be covered. The dissertation concludes in validating the positive impact of culture-led regeneration in sustaining historical district but reveals certain areas that can be improved. Suggestions are made to highlight the possibilities of revitalizing the cultural value in the commercialized district.
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