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January 23, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Songdo, South Korea


If a city today was being built entirely from scratch, a blank slate, what would it look like? For the answer you wouldn’t be limited to looking at SimCity, but can simply shift gaze to South Korea. New Songdo City is the first planned city in 50 years to be buit be entirely from scratch (the last was Brasilia, the capital of Brazil).

Songdo is in construction phase on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land.  It is being developed by a company headquartered in the US, which planned the City with a central park and density of 27,000 people/sq.mile (matching NYC’s density).

The City is being built with sustainability in mind. It will feature a greywater water system in which each building recycles it water, and virtually everything will be connected via computers from the transit system to the thermostat in homes.

Some residents have already begin living in the new City and the developer has had lots of locals interested in property.

It is projected the new city will cost up to $40 billion to complete.


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