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Yeon Meong, South Korea
Masterplan for the New Multifunctional Administrative City, South Korea. International competition, second tier prize

The New Multifunctional Administrative City
South Korea is planning a new major city. Until the year 2028 about 500.000 people and the mayor part of the countries ministries shall live and work in this second capital. By now the foreseen area is an empty piece of land - the plan starts at tabula rasa.

How can we position ourselves on a global scale?

In our times
In order to be a global metropolis, a city has to compete in a worldwide contest of urban marketing. The new city has to be at the front line of city representation in terms of economic power, world trade, research and development, etc.

The city also has to be world leader concerning quality of life, protection of resources, hedonistic choice, and even more: it has to create new life styles, new perspectives, new functions a new future in order to accomodate those metropolitans, those global players.

Hot Spots

Through the overlapping of trend zones we achieve a condensation of topics and a contextual reorientation in highly specific fields, so called identity fields - strong enough for being HOT SPOTS. The focus of this investigation lies on the creation of urban complexity and densities. The city developers, city planners and those who are politically responsible decide how each megatrend zone relates to another, what kind of creative potential is at disposal and how it should be linked.
This developed planning method requires the readiness to take on responsibility on the developers' side towards the public, and it demands intensive research on relevant megatrends by specialists from various areas

The plan at hand can be read as a possible variant.

HOTSPOT = density
HOTSPOT = development magnet
HOTSPOT = economic power
HOTSPOT = identity


Creative economy + nature = new concepts for the outdoor market: adventure, sport, tourism, life style Living in nature - the creation of new nature, etc.
Cultural identity + global workspace = SAMSUNG CITY
Hyperconsuming + corporate culture = LOTTE hypermarket city
Ethics + cultural identity = the seed of the city
Education + science = the future world of education - virtuality city


Size : 73 km?
Population : 500.000 pers. target until 2028

Team : Thomas Pucher, Simon Aglas, Martin Mathy, Christine Pucher, Heidrun Steinhauser
Photos : Steffen Strassnig

Traffic / Public Transport
A motorway ring circumscribes the city and connects with already existing streets, resp. reinforces the positioning of new streets in order to ensure best possible accessibility of all areas within Korea.
The express train runs subterrainiously through the city center. This point also functions as distributor of a trend-setting, energy saving public transport system. (Teleferic / overhead railway?)