Not many would like to walk along a sidewalk that is plagued with fumes and exposed to the heat or cold. We tend to prefer strolling through a park filled with greenery, using an underpass or travelling in a car. On 20 May, Seoullo7017 opened, and was immediately caught up in a lot of controversy. Although it cost 60 billion KRW, it is tainted by poor quality finishing, narrow paths, insufficient green areas, glaring concrete floors and night lighting that make sidewalks a better choice. Watching such problems provoked the question of for what should one choose to walk this walkway. The Seoul Station Overpass, which functioned as a main arterial road at the heart of Seoul for 45 years, has been turned into a public pedestrian walkway. But this fact isn’t a positive meaning, in that the paradigm of materialistic industrial age has changed into a human-centred paradigm.
Aside from the issues of urban regeneration, pedestrian-friendly cities, traffic systems and citizen participation, Seoullo7017 is tangled up with too many tasks. However, during its process and even after its completion, it seems there has not been enough discussio34n or attempts made at a social consensus. If so, what is the meaningful aspect of the Seoullo7017? Here we will look into the disputes and opinions surrounding Seoullo7017. Moreover, we are searching the meaningful aspects and task that Seoullo7017 put behind.
edited by Park Gyehyun | designed by Ko Insu | photographed by Kyungsub Shin (unless otherwise indicated) | materials provided by MVRDV
For What We Walk Overpass: Seoullo7017
036 Interview│A Story of Seoullo7017 Has Not Ended_ Winy Maas, Kyosuk Lee × Park Gyehyun
038 Project│Seoullo7017 – MVRDV
044 Report│Bad Checks_ Park Gyehyun
050 Critique│The Five Interpretations_ Park Sohyun, Kim Youngmin, Moon Jeongseok, Reigh Youngbum, Lee Minah
▶ You can find full-text of the articles on the issue: July 2017, Vol. 596