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Old October 26th, 2007, 12:19 PM   #21
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thanx nice pics, guys...
it seems advanced too much... look good!
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Old October 26th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #22
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Is it suburb of Incheon?
this place, Songdo, is right downward from the old port of Incheon,..,...
i heard Songdo will have another new port on the edge of the zone,..
certainly,, Songdo will be one of the new downtowns of Incheon..
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 10:37 AM   #23
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Why I can see only three?
As you can see, they are 4

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Old November 3rd, 2007, 01:20 PM   #24
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Why are these towers so tall? There seems to be plenty of adjacent land to develop, and I thought high-rises were a result of a shortage of land? Unless it works different in Asia.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #25
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Why are these towers so tall? There seems to be plenty of adjacent land to develop, and I thought high-rises were a result of a shortage of land? Unless it works different in Asia.

Thank you for replying

First of all, the building height of 265m is not so tall when it comes to world standard today(Moreover, the taller building is rising just right next to these towers right now.)

Second of all, Korea is very very small country, just like Portugal in Europe.
Tne gross area of South Korea is similar to Portugal.
But the population of South Korea is 4 times larger.
So South Korea is short of land.

Third of all, the land in pictures is also a reclaimed land, a result of A SHORTAGE OF LAND.

Forth of all,
Building tall buildings is not a piece of cake.
So much civil resistance, opposition and regulations here in Korea.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 01:35 PM   #26
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The towers in the rendering seem pretty ugly, but the real pics show that those aren't so ugly-looking towers after all. Sure it is weird to build that high towers in the middle of nowhere. If the land is expensive or there isn't much of it, why have they wasted so many square meters of land by filling them with parking lots? To me there's plenty of space on the left hand side.

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Old November 5th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #27
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Sure it is weird to build that high towers in the middle of nowhere. .
Actually, these towers are not in the middle of nowhere.
It's in middle of tall towers which is not seen in these pictures right now.
Because many tall towers is going to build sooner or later
Here is their taller neighbor.
http://http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=16293070#post16293070


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If the land is expensive or there isn't much of it, why have they wasted so many square meters of land by filling them with parking lots? To me there's plenty of space on the left hand side.
The space on the left hand side is NOT EMPTY SPACE.
There are many R/D centers, finance and international busienss-related offices, international schools and hospitals etcs on the left side in the picture.
Every inch of land on left side in the picture has a owner with their indiviudual projects.
The workers of small buldings on the left side commute with their cars
So they ALSO need parking lots to work hard here in this place.
It's not waste of the land at all.
IT'S INFRASTRUCTUR.

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Old November 5th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #28
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Look at this picture.
There is a big park in the picture.
Is it the waste of land?
Even though there is severe shortage of land, park is a requirement
as a pleasant and healthy environment

thus creating a healthier and more enjoyable atmosphere for employees and residents.

For such reasons, we need parking lots too.
Can you imagine a office without any additional outer space?
A OFFICE WITHOUT PARKING SPACE?


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Old November 5th, 2007, 05:51 PM   #29
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Sure it is weird to build that high towers in the middle of nowhere. If the land is expensive or there isn't much of it, why have they wasted so many square meters of land by filling them with parking lots? To me there's plenty of space on the left hand side.
now It seems to be empty.. cuz construction is just ongoing...
as "skyscrapercity" already said., that area will be full with lots of highrises and supertall including NEATT tower, Inchoeon Tower etc..... but not just shown yet,....

actually, Songdo is a part of IFEZ, or Incheon Free Economic Zone, which contains Yeongjong island area, Cheongna area, and so on...These areas are placed along the seaside of Incheon.. and Songdo is one of them... now there, mega projects go on... Hope you wait and see them...
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Old November 5th, 2007, 05:53 PM   #30
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an interview about IFEZ, at 2007-10-12 ;



Incheon's IFEZ Will Break New Ground In Asia

As the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) marks the 4th anniversary, its efforts began to bear fruits. The IFEZ has made many achievements. A convention center will begin its operations in October 2008 and an international school will open in the same year. A 64-story apartment complex is being built and construction work on the 151-story Incheon Tower will begin early next year. A bridge linking Songdo and Yeongjongdo will be completed in October 2009, and extension work of the Incheon subway is underway as well. Five parks which have been created by the IFEZ are providing Incheon citizens with places to take a rest.

There also are positive factors for the future of the IFEZ, such as the ROK-US free trade agreement and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Progress in South-North reconciliation is another favorable factor for the success of the IFEZ. For the past four years after its launch, recognition for the IFEZ has improved and an increasing number of investors have shown keen interest in this special region. Through maintaining a close relationship with central government, the IFEZ will make efforts to get rid of obstacles for its development and investment and to promote speedy management.

The following is an interview with Lee Hwan-kyun, Commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) -- Ed.

Q: The IFEZ is considered to be more active than the nation's other free economic zones. What do you think are the secrets of its success?

A: The IFEZ has clear visions and a number of advantages that have contributed to its success. The IFEZ has definite visions to provide a new driving force for the national economy in the 21st century and to become the best business hub in Northeast Asia. When the IFEZ is successfully completed, it will play a key role for South Korea to transform to an economy centering high value-added business from the current manufacturing industry-oriented one. In addition, the IFEZ will be the center of Asia in which new business value is formed, developed and expanded.
Unlike other free economic zones in Korea, the IFEZ has established a complex logistics base and can easily secure highquality labor. Proximity to markets in the nation's Metropolitan areas is another merit.
The IFEZ has established air, maritime and inland logistics systems. Incheon International Airport ranked top in terms of customer satisfaction and was the world's second-largest international cargo handling airport in 2006. Incheon Port is trying to become a worldwide container port and is recording the nation's highest growth in terms of shipment. In addition, bridges, expressways, high-speed railroads and subways, which are under construction, will further promote development of the IFEZ.
The IFEZ is close to the markets of Seoul with its 2,300 population, and the vicinity can be used as a foothold for the South-North economic exchanges due to the proximity to the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North. Because it is close to metropolitan areas, the IFEZ also can utilize experience and know-how in advanced industries like IT and BT owned by the nation's high-quality labor.

Q: Would you tell me about the IFEZ's strategies to differentiate it from similar zones in foreign nations, like Dubai and Pudong?

A: The IFEZ is promoting its business based on three strategies to make it different from other economic zones. The strategies are to make the IFEZ a the world's best UCity by introducing a ubiquitous system for the entire city; to make it an advanced Eco- City by securing more green zones and hydrophilic space; and to make it a beautiful city with buildings to be designed following the worldwide trends. As a result, the IFEZ will be a landmark in Asia.
I want to stress that these things are possible because the IFEZ is a completely different , new advanced city that will be constructed on new land, unlike Shanghai and Singapore.

Q: What kind of advantages can foreign investors enjoy?

A: The biggest advantage for foreign investors is that the IFEZ can provide a stable foothold to foreign companies which want to operate in Northeast Asia that is an emerging giant market. The IFEZ will work as a bridge which can minimize investment risks stemming from investment in emerging markets such as China and can make use of investment opportunities.

The IFEZ also provides incentives in connection with administrative matters and taxes to foreign investors. Foreign firms operating in the IFEZ will benefit from tax cuts and those owning advanced technologies will be able to receive financial assistance from the IFEZ. Special services will be offered to foreign investors for their convenience.
Besides, as English is spoken within the IFEZ, the problem of communication among people of different nationalities will be greatly eased.

Q: Would you explain the IFEZ's directions of development and future tasks?

A: The ultimate goal of development of the IFEZ is to transform the national economy to one with its basis in high value-added industries. By attracting companies engaging in high value-added industries such as IT, tourism and leisure, the IFEZ will take initiative in the nation's efforts to break from the manufacturing-oriented economy. Through academy-industry cooperation clusters, the IFEZ will emerge as Asia's new business hub creating, developing and expanding new values.
To this end, each district of the IFEZ has its own development plan based on its characteristics. Songdo district will be a center of multi-national businesses and IT industries, Yeongjong district will be a base of air logistics and tourism and leisure industries, while Cheongra district will focus on international finance and leisure industry.
The IFEZ development began in 2003 and will be completed in 2020. The most important task at present is to successfully finish important development projects timed with the opening of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Construction of most infrastructures will be completed before 2014 and the bridge linking Yeongjong Island and Songdo will be built in 2009. The Yonsei University-affiliated global complex will begin its operation in 2010 and a 151-story tower in Songdo is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
Construction of a Songdo international business zone containing a convention center, the 65-story Northeast Asia Trade Tower and an international school will be completed by 2014. The IFEZ will remove all the negative factors hindering development and investment through a close relationship with the government and will accelerate speedy management.

Q: What are the IFEZ's unique merits and demerits compared with free economic zones in neighboring countries?

A: In comparison with its counterparts in China and Singapore, the IFEZ was launched later. The IFEZ is in its earlier stage of development, while its rivals are settling their statuses as business cities. In consequence, the IFEZ should narrow gaps with its rivals by promoting development and investment at the same time.
After all, the most important thing is that the IFEZ should have a competitive edge. Fortunately, the IFEZ is certainly equipped with differentiated competitive power in terms of its geographical position, infrastructure, human resources and urban design.
Moreover, the IFEZ is pushing forward development projects based on three differentiated strategies to construct an advanced business city to beat the rival cities. After a decade, the IFEZ will decisively gain the upper hand on those cities.

Q: What are the problems of the nation's free economic zones and could you suggest ways to resolve those problems?

A: Considering that the nation's free economic zones are competing with the worldwide cities in the foreign countries, we should support them by making them freely do business activities without being affected by the nation's complicated administrative regulations. Business plans, administrative procedures, business activities and residential environments should be established according to international standards.
In addition, business incentives of the same level of foreign cities competing to a business center in the region should be provided to free economic zones. In order to attract top-ranking companies or research institutes, it is necessary to offer appropriate incentives to them. We should bear it in our mind that the IFEZ has developed two or three decades later than rival cities and Asian nations such as Singapore are striving to attract investment. To attract foreign investment, we should give it as many business incentives as we give to other cities.

from Korea IT Times http://www.kdcstaffs.com/it/main_vie...age=&part=Open
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Old November 9th, 2007, 05:15 AM   #31
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The First World Towers just seem out-of-place at the moment, because - as the others have stated - the area is just beginning massive development. The towers are simply one the of the first to be built.

Here's what the area will look like in the future:
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Old November 9th, 2007, 05:34 AM   #32
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The First World Towers just seem out-of-place at the moment, because - as the others have stated - the area is just beginning massive development. The towers are simply one the of the first to be built.

Here's what the area will look like in the future:
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for now,, the construction work of zone is as follows...

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Yup : D

Most of the city will be up by 2014 -- right when Incheon will host the Asian Games.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 03:17 PM   #34
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this will also be the area for the Icheon Tower or?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 03:20 PM   #35
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this will also be the area for the Icheon Tower or?
yeah,, Incheon Tower will be here this Songdo area.. but the site is not shown in the pic i posted .. The pic shows just a seaside part of the Songdo area,.. i guess..

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The First World and the Northeast Asia Trade Tower are being developed by Gale International. The Incheon Tower will be built in another section of the city by another developer.
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