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Urban Regeneration Strategies for Local Development

Robin Kim’s public lecture at Gangneung City Hall

Urban Regeneration Strategies for Local Development

On 23rd August, Dr Robin Kim, UCL Urban Laboratory Fellow, was invited by the Mayor of Gangneung, Myeong-Hee Choi, to give a public lecture at Gangneung City Hall. Gangneung is a city of Gangwon-do, located on the east coast of South Korea and famous for many tourist attractions. The city has a significant opportunity for urban regeneration as it is to be the major venue for the indoor games of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Entitled “Urban Regeneration Strategies for Local Development and Cases’’, Robin’s lecture introduced the policies and planning concepts enshrined in major European cities. He explained how European cities, including London, Berlin and Vienna, have successfully improved urban quality, as  demonstrated by several recent projects. In particular, he emphasised that local government should focus on the creation of urban regeneration strategies able to meet local demands, rather than simply following those of a metropolis like Seoul. For this, he suggested various methods to encourage policy makers and planners to establish short and long term urban visions of Gangneung. The Mayor has asked Robin to continue to advise on preparations for the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and he will revisit the city this winter to give another lecture and discuss ongoing issues for the success of the Olympics.


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Dr Robin Kim giving his lecture at Gangneung City Hall


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