Chengju Urban Regeneration, South Korea
In response to the urban decay with a decreasing population, the Chengju Urban Regeneration project aims to motivate inhabitants to revitalise this commercial district and revive the local economy on a community basis.
The city first implemented car-free streets and added additional sections yearly. It then set up a Youth Culture Zone with a youth square on the site of the Central Theater.
Implementation period: More than 15 years
Date : 2006-Present
Time life of the project: 2 years
Cost: $14 billion from Chengju City, $70,000 from inhabitants and amount not confirmed from Central government.
Status of land: Public & Private
Type of place: Streets & Buildings
- Civil society: inhabitants (Jungang-dong community, Market activation committee, and Resident committee) Initially, local residents spontaneously set up the committee for development of Jungang-dong in 2005. Cooperating with research institutions and local professionals, they have devised and operated at least one project per year
- Local public stakeholders: Municipality, research institutions, and universities The city built and organization, Chengju Urban Regeneration Supporters, to lead all the projects and set up funds. It also works as a communication tool between local resident and municipality Municipality support the project financially and administratively
Youth & artists
Type of actions
- Events & Infrastructures:
- Weekly flea market Craft exhibition
- Music performance
- Small community-based festivals
- Reversible intervention
- Participative process: The residents buy the vacancies in buildings and rent them at a lower fee to attract artists.
- The project is initiated by citizen first, and the local authority took the lead for sustainable operation
- They organized Jungang Urban Regeneration Committee to design and operate street revitalization programs themselves
Type of intervention
- Car-free streets by planting pine trees and building fountain and waterway
- Arts and cultural street by opening events on the street
- A cultural center that offers training programs related to crafts or business start-up for residents and visitor.
Jungang-dong was a hub of transportation, education, and economy in Chengju city. As the main bus terminal moved to the other district, the district lost its position and people. This project was a successful turning point to revitalize commerce again by specializing in art and culture.
According to the report of the urban vitality promotion project in Jungang-dong, the floating population of Jungang-dong increased by 127.6%, and the number of empty stores decreased by 56.7% in 2016 compared to 2011. Vacant houses also declined by 100%, and user satisfaction increased by 4%.
Chengju Urban Regeneration Supporters:
36, Jungang-ro, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, Republic of Korea
+82 43 224 9128 38
- Chengju Urban Regeneration Supporters. (2016). 2016 OPEN [Picture]. http://m.curs.or.kr/board/news_town/view/wr_id/7/sca/4.
- Chengju Urban Regeneration Supporters. (2017). 2017 OPEN [Picture]. http://www.curs.or.kr/board/news_town/view/wr_id/15.
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- Lim, E. (2014). Analysis of Effect of Each Participant on Revitalization of Commercial Areas – Focused on Urban Regeneration Programs of Joongangdong, Chengju. Chungbuk National University.
- Son, D., Ko, Y., & Yoon, Z. (2017). [Street Revitalization based on Tactical Urbanism]. Architecture & Urban Research Institute.
- Son, M. (2018). ‘Urban regeneration’ to ‘Social regeneration’: Culture and social regeneration through the Culture City of East Asia event initiative in Chengju South Korea. The University of Sheffield, 161-163
- Type of action : aménagement / équipement
- State : En cours