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Old January 1st, 2008, 02:59 PM   #61
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New York Times-An Asian Hub in the Making -2007.12.30

The design team looked around the world for inspiration, studying what makes great cities great. The resulting plan — for what it calls a “synergy city” — draws on elements of cultural capitals from New York to Paris to Sydney, but with a distinctly Korean flavor.

Its 100-acre Central Park will be the centerpiece, with a seawater canal running through it, along with an art museum, an outdoor theater and a sculpture garden. At the park’s northern edge will be Park Avenue, a street of high-end residential buildings and hotels. Its Canal Street will be lined with shops and cafes.

A variety of architects from around the world have been commissioned to design various buildings, including a shopping center by Daniel Libeskind, a museum by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and a Jack Nicklaus golf course.

Some of the planners’ ideals ran up against Korean preferences, Mr. Gale and Mr. von Klemperer acknowledged. For example, Koreans typically favor large, multilane thoroughfares and large buildings on small plots of land, which don’t support a vibrant street life. A significant amount of debate among the Songdo team and Korean officials was required before the plans were completed.

Environmental considerations were also a priority. Water is recycled citywide, energy produced locally, and the Central Park is planted with low-maintenance native plants and trees, according to Mr. Gale. There will also be bicycle paths and pedestrian areas, and 40 percent of the city is reserved for parks and green space, he said.

All of Songdo’s buildings, according to Mr. Gale, will be designed to meet building guidelines known as LEED — for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — from the nonprofit United States Green Building Council. The council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development standard for community design is also being applied to the entire city, he said.

So far, development has been proceeding at a fast pace. Some 10,000 construction workers are employed at the site, a number that is expected to double in the next 20 months. Gale has 70 people in Seoul and another 70 back home in the United States devoted to the project. Kohn Pedersen Fox has 40 to 50 architects assigned to the job, and the city of Incheon has more than 1,000 employees involved.

“The project is nothing short of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Mr. Hynes, who is the great-grandson of a former mayor of Boston, John B. Hynes.

Whether Songdo fulfills its ambitions remains to be seen. But its selling point as a Western-style haven in a strategic part of Asia could have broad appeal, said Ashok Raiji, a principal at Arup Engineering, a global design and consulting firm that is working on the project. For international companies looking to establish a major presence in the area, Songdo can provide “a comfort zone in a foreign land,” he said.

Mr. Gale said that major international companies have already shown keen interest, and that even more is expected after his company’s planned push in January to sign up tenants for the signature 68-story Northeast Asia Trade Tower.

He said, too, that office space in Seoul is extremely tight, with vacancy levels hovering around 2 percent, and that this will bode well for Songdo’s eventual 50 million square feet of office space. In addition, 2,245 units in Songdo’s first residential tower, 1st World Towers, presold in two days in May 2005, he said.

Still, Mr. Gale said, he hears from his Korean partners “pali, pali” — the Korean phrase for “faster, faster.”


John B. Hynes III, left, and Stanley C. Gale, both of Gale International, are overseeing the project.

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Old January 12th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #62
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Construction Update-2008.1.10

2008.1.10-15 floo process
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #63
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2008.1.10-15 floo process

Almost more than 15floors done, as fas I know
Thank you for posting U/C pic
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:26 AM   #64
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great we have a Incheon U/C picture ..nice to see projects from Korea at work
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Songdo International City-2008.1

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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:57 AM   #68
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Good job, korea2002

이런 식으로 공사 상황이 확실하고 뭔가 이루어지는 현장을 중점적으로 포스해 주세요.
그럼 많은 외국인들의 부정적인 시선도 줄어들고 관심을 갖게 될겁니다.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #69
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I feel like to rearrange those pix posted by korea2002 as follows for being easy to see.. (sorry, korea2002)



these pix show NEATT under construction,. yep, it's 305m ; first supertall get built in korea.









these two pix show Songdo Convensia, a new convention center.
this archtecture under construction is just a first step part. It'll be extended to next step part after the first step one finished.







in this pic, u can see NEATT and convensia together. yeah, they are adjacent architectures.

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Old February 1st, 2008, 12:31 PM   #70
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Good job, korea2002

이런 식으로 공사 상황이 확실하고 뭔가 이루어지는 현장을 중점적으로 포스해 주세요.
그럼 많은 외국인들의 부정적인 시선도 줄어들고 관심을 갖게 될겁니다.
정말 저도 이렇게 스카이스크래퍼시티의 사람들에게 전하려고 노력은 합니다만, 이런 사진을 한국에서 사실 구하기가 쉬운게 아닙니다 ㅎㅎ
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Songdo International City Convention Hotel & NEATT!!-2008.2.2




Songdo International City's Convention Hotel is Sheraton-Workerhill Hotel(Daewoo Construction is Construct)
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Development News-2008.2.5

Songdo 'Northeast Asia Trade Tower' Financing Agreement

The people - our bank, will invest 400 billion won

Songdo international business city of Incheon international business engaged only in the development of the Gale International Korea, May 4, the only symbol of my building (Landmark) to be 'in Northeast Asia Trade Tower' participation in the development of the bank and our bank is a 'project financing contracts' together he said.

The two financial institutions are required in the building construction project jodalhae decided to fund 400 billion won.

Prior to the United States last December, Morgan Stanley's real estate investment subsidiary spit 12 billion won to invest in the construction of the Northeast Asia Trade Tower.

Gale International Korea, the "free economic zones, domestic financial institutions are not my business tojina facility in a residential facility for the first time, decided to fund meaningful commitment" and that "the next generation of international financial institutions and businesses to the city's success could just emerging international business Songdo A higher assessment, "he said.

Height of 68 stories, 202,550 mē yeonmyeonjeok scale of the Northeast Asia Trade Tower, hotels, shopping centers, will take office. Total construction cost to 500 billion won in 2010 tuipdwae wangongdoel February.
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Songdo International City's CBD-Sheraton Workerhill Hotel!!-Convention Hotel





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ill do a quick construction diagram of this one today.as requested
looks cool
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here you go. hope its ok

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NEATT Construction Webcam-New Songdo International City Construction Page!
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Any pics of that big bridge that is U/C

any threads for it?
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