Worker resting at a demolition site at Euljiro. Seoul, South Korea. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
“I don’t understand why they’re destroying everything. Everyone here has very different skills – 30- and 40-year-old skills – it’s unique. We are a community, and this is destructive.” – Kim Hak-ryul, 60, owner of Shina Casting
“Seoul prepares to rip out its manufacturing heart”
In Indomitable, I wrote about the gentrification of the area north and south of the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, where thousands of craftsmen and traders have run their businesses for decades. Please click on the image below to read Chris Michael’s recently published in-depth report for Guardian Cities about the ongoing demolition. (The above quote was taken from that report.)
Guardian Cities was launched in 2014 to create a fresh and engaging hub for reporting and discussing urban life and the future of cities around the world. The site hosts opinion and analysis from a range of voices across the globe, along with news, graphics and data. While it is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the site is editorially independent of any sponsorship. Chris Michael is the site’s editor.
Cheonggyecheon Medley | Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
In Cheonggyecheon Medley, artist Kelvin Kyung Kun Park bows before the tradition of this city district. A recurring nightmare and a letter to his dead grandfather, who ran a scrap metal business, are the hooks in his complex, well-conceived and multilayered documentary film. Click here to continue reading and watch the film on demand.
We oppose redevelopment | Kim Jae-ha
우리는 재개발을 반대합니다 / 김재하 [Source: Cheongyecheon Poster]