The Songdo International Business District, located in South Korea, was constructed on an embankment on the Incheon waterfront, is a purpose-built ‘smart city’, designed for efficiency, sustainability and pleasant city living. The city is inspired by boulevards (Paris), a 100-acre (41 ha) Central Park (New York City), a system of pocket parks (London) and a modern canal system (Venice).
Songdo has a size equivalent to the central Boston area of the United States, it is projected to be the most sustainable city in the world capable of emitting a third of the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by any other local city on the planet.
It’s described as the largest private real estate venture in history – a $35 billion development on 1,500 acres (607 ha) of reclaimed land. Designed as a model for future, sustainable city-scale developments across the globe, Songdo International Business District (IBD) is among the first urban areas to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification. In addition to the widespread implementation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED™ standard, 40% of the city has been set aside as green public space.
Environmental responsibility is core to the concept of successful cities of the future. Gale and Posco are working closely with Cisco Systems to create a Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) model for Songdo and for city development opportunities going forward. “We believe that a smart, sustainable city will have at its core a technology infrastructure that will enable a better life experience for the citizens, allow for more efficient city management and operations, while creating a significant return on investment for the local economy which the development will serve,” Tom Murcott said, vice-president of Gale International, company that constructed the city.
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