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 information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).

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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

Target audience

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.

Citizen participation

  • 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.

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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].
  • Chengju Urban Regeneration Supporters. (2017). 2017 OPEN [Picture].
  • Han, D., Kim, T., Ju, M., Kim, H., Hong, M., Baek, J., & Ban, Y. (2018). Analyzing Urban Regeneration Effects – Focused on Jungang-Dong, Chengju City. Journal of the Korean Regional Science Association.
  • 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