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Smart City Korea illuminated at night with green roof buildings and a large park curving towards lake
Smart City Korea

Mountains and Rivers Embroidered on Silk


McArthur + Company

Project Location

Incheon, South Korea


125,000,000 SF


Architecture, master planning

This new city is based on the underlying principle of celebrating the natural environment. A Chinese saying refers to Korea as “mountains and rivers embroidered on silk” and this site embodies that description. Our design employs a framework for a full-spectrum of uses to take advantage of a network of natural amenities and a back-bone of big-city access options including three new metro stations.

A variety of spaces from “green to neon” at all scales of community will allow everyone to find their own place here, and provide interest through a sense of exploration and surprise. Energy, water, and transportation will be fully monitored, measured, manipulated, and made-evident to all inhabitants to optimize their use. This project is the first of two phases of design for a new city that will be home to almost 100,000 people on 1,000 acres and 125 million SF of development area. Once both phases are completed, the development will house 200,000 people across 2,500 acres. Human health and habitat health are the keys to success for the public realm and technology will be employed invisibly to make this a reality and make this a place people enjoy being.

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