The K-way to Sustainable Cities

Korean Nordic collaboration on smart, green and inclusive cities.

The session is co-hosted by K-water and ICDK.

Join us for an engaging session that will provide valuable insights into Korean approaches and solutions for building smart, carbon-neutral, and inclusive cities. Prepare to be inspired as we showcase the ongoing collaborations between the Nordic countries and Korea, focusing on the innovative Eco Delta Smart city project in Busan. This project introduces the world’s first residential complex functioning as a living lab, where residents have the unique opportunity to live free of charge for five years while actively participating as a smart city experience group.

This session will offer both Korean and Nordic perspectives, delving into essential questions concerning the future of sustainable cities. We will explore effective frameworks for defining and measuring progress towards greater sustainability. Additionally, we will examine the role of living labs in facilitating better solutions and expediting development. Moreover, we will explore what collaboration in city development entails, transcending continents and generations.

The focal point of our discussion will be the Busan Eco Delta Smart City Village. This ground breaking residential complex serves as the world’s first living lab, where residents enjoy free accommodation for five years while actively participating as a smart city experience group. Through this experimental case study, we will seek answers to the following inquiries: How can state-of-the-art technologies contribute to greener and more inclusive living spaces? How can we design cities in a manner that prioritizes the well-being of children and involves them in the process?


Daniel Oh

Associate Professor, Korea University, Department of Smart City

Eui Young Chun

Professor of Kyonggi University / Curator of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism / President of Korean Institute of Architects

Gibson G. Rhie

Executive Director of Samoo Architects & Engineers / Chair of International Relations Committee of KIRA


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