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Global Trends Seoul: A City Fou


Built on the banks of a life-giving river flowing between many mountains, the capital city of Seoul is a city that was advanced in its environmental design from its founding.


Seoul was designed with the economy in mind with the place- ment of the palace in the north with a vast field to the south, allowing the people to engage easily in agriculture and com- merce. The vision of Seoul’s design began with the intention of coexisting with nature while providing a comfortable lifestyle for its people.


Creative Government


Policy Seoul’s objective is to become a


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“bright and attractive global city.” With the belief that design and culture will provide a new com-


petitive edge for the city, Seoul established the Creative Culture City as its government policy. All the policies of Seoul are devel- oped with a culturenomics strat- egy, which combines design with culture to create economic value.


The city and its ten million citi- zens are creating a new Seoul through design, based on the firm belief that creative imagination will change people, who in turn will transform Seoul.


Everything Is Design


in Seoul Today Today, design has become so central to the administration that all 25 autonomous districts have established a separate design organization.


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