— Ideal City or Ghost-town?
Broad boulevard as in Paris, a park that recalls Central Park and a network of romantic urban canals as if we were in Venice. Take all the characteristic ingredients of the most beautiful cities in the world, put them together and add a good pinch of technology and a double ration of sustainability. Here is the ideal city. Maybe too much.
Songdo International Business District (Ibd) is the city of technological utopia, built in record time, 65 kilometers from Seoul. There are no garbage trucks because the waste is sucked by pneumatic pipes installed in the houses and everything, from electrical systems to pipelines, is regulated by sensors that constantly monitor the consumption of the inhabitants.
Inhabitants? That’s it, they are the only problem. It seems that few people would be happy to live in a city so “engineeringly perfect”. Perhaps because even in 2019, and even in Korea, the soul of a city remains made by men. And not by optic fiber.