Songdo: the Ultimate Business Destination

Asia | | November 24, 2010 at 12:08 am


Each country has its own eco-friendly city that is planned on a grand scale. Germany is famous for Eco City Hamburg, United Kingdom for Hanham Hall, Sweden for Gothenburg’s Super Sustainable City, Spain for Logrono Montecorvo Eco City, and UAW for Masdar.

South Korea has two sustainable cities that are planned on a grand scale. Fosters and Partners created the first city. The second city is none other than Songdo International Business District, abbreviated as Songdo IBD.

Songdo is an eco-friendly city with a huge list of eco-credentials. The city is surrounded by vast amounts of green cover and park. Songdo is renowned for its solar passive design. The buildings (nearly 120 of them) are constructed according to LEED standards.

Kohn Pedersen Fox has designed the Songdo IBD. The city is situated on Incheon’s waterfront. The Songdo city is spread over 1500 acres. The total cost of the project is said to reach the $30 billion mark. The city can house 75,000 inhabitants and can cater to 300,000 commuters. Nearly 40% of Songdo features open spaces, parks, and golf courses. Besides mass transit, inhabitants can travel by foot.

The Songdo city first phase has been completed. Central park is spread over 100 acres of lush green space. It was modeled on Central Park in New York City. Songdo’s fame does not merely rest on the park. It has been inspired by various attractions across the globe. The canals have an Italian feel to them. The parks are in the Savannah style. The boulevards resemble those of Paris. The swanky convention centre has been modeled on the iconic opera house of Jorn Utzon.

Songdo has acres of open space. This will perform wonders for retention of storm water. It may also reduce the heat island effect in urban areas. These are not the only charms that Songdo has to offer. The entire Songdo city conforms to international standards of LEED green building. Nearly 120 buildings will strive for LEED certification. This will make Songdo the biggest LEED development in the whole world. Songdo is an integral part of the development program of LEED ND and Korean Green Building Certification System or KGBCS. The eco-friendly features in Songdo include green roofs, LED lighting, waste management system, and materials low in VOC. Nearly 75% of the waste generated out of construction. Mass transit service and native landscaping are other popular features.

Songdo is not strong in renewable energy technologies. The elaborate planning of buildings and parks is the hallmark of Songdo. Mass transit co-exists with streets suited for walks and bikes. The open spaces are home to both residential and commercial buildings. These factors make Songdo a sustainable city.

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