Seoul Sky Garden

MVRDV’s Seoul Skygarden is planned to be a reality in 2017. Currently it is a computer simulation. The Dutch architectural firm is going to retransform  disused , raised highways in Seoul into green spaces which will also become retail and socialising areas. It is a challenging concept but so imaginative. The highways had fallen into disuse because they were no longer safe to use. Imagine the original financial investment in those highways. This is a bold way to reclaim them and to get city dwellers back in contact with nature and natural surroundings. Seoul is not the only city rethinking its spaces in an ecological way. That retransformation of cities is taking place globally with some stunning effects. Even Adelaide is dabbling with green wall buildings and it’s great! It means we bring nature back to the concrete and metal. The Dutch Team won the competition by drawing on a large team of experts and a totally collaborative approach to the project and its requirements. The team was local and international. Our students will be world changers if we want them to be. Skills and talents can come together through technology to reimagine our world . I wonder who had the original thought to transform those roads? I wonder how the Dutch company gathered its team together? I wonder, if we were to break the skills and knowledge needed to complete a project like this, what subject areas would be listed? My guess is all of them and my other guess is no single subject would be more important than another . The Seoul Sky Garden is living proof we need everybody’s skills and talents in our world and that technology allows us to really dream big. Simulations are how we are showcasing our bold imaginings to the rest of the world. It’s just fantastic when you think about it.


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