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IJSSH 2024 Vol.14(3): 97-103
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2024.14.3.1200

Songdo: A Case Study of Underutilized Public Spaces

Idil Ayral* and Seung Won Cha

Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah Asia Campus, Incheon, South Korea
Email: idil.ayral@utah.edu (I.A.)
*Corresponding author
Manuscript received November 9, 2023; revised December 15, 2023; accepted February 4, 2024; published May 27, 2024.

Abstract—As a newly developed city in South Korea, Songdo’s urban planning, rooted in sustainability and smart city initiatives, differs significantly from common urban development strategies in the country. This research explores public spaces in Songdo as an important case study of a shift towards user-friendly urban models. Despite the abundance of green areas, public spaces in the city face the challenges of underuse. The study focuses on five key parks, employing observation, on-site surveys, and public feedback to analyze usage patterns, design elements, and user preferences. The article outlines the development of Songdo’s public spaces, including Central Park, Sunrise Park Global Park, Haenuri Park, and Haetmuri Park. A comprehensive examination of these spaces reveals variations in usage and satisfaction levels. Recommendations and conclusions emphasize enhancing accessibility, amenities, and activities to activate underused spaces, highlighting Songdo’s role as a prototype for future urban development in South Korea, and the need for a people-centric approach to address challenges in public space utilization. 

Keywords—green space, public space, public space activation, public spaces in Songdo


Cite: Idil Ayral and Seung Won Cha, "Songdo: A Case Study of Underutilized Public Spaces," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 97-103, 2024.

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