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Digital Media City or DMC (Korean: 디지털미디어시티) is a large high-tech complex for digital technologies, housing ubiquitous networked offices, apartments, exhibitions, conference halls and cultural centers in Seoulmarker, South Koreamarker. It is the first development of its kind in the world and was constructed in 2002 across and approximately 1.7 times the size of the Canary Wharfmarker development in Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker. it is a high-tech city centered around Digital Media Street for broadcasting, movies, games, music, e-learning and related industries. It attracted well-known ITcompanies such as LG Telecom, Pantech and LG CNS.

It is served by the Digital Media City Station on Seoul Subway Line 6, AREX and Gyeongui Line. Located near the Seoul World Cup Stadiummarker, it is currently the construction site of the 133-floor Digital Media City Landmark Buildingmarker which is slated to become the second-tallest building in the world at when completed in April 2015.

Residents of the Digital Media City are nicknamed Denizens (Digital Citizen) for their constant enthusiasm and interaction with high-tech digital technologies.

History

From 1978 to 1993, the currently developed area of the Digital Media City was in fact a massive landfill for Seoulmarker's garbage on an island (at the time called Nanjido, now annexed into the mainland) in the Han Rivermarker, before transforming into a high-tech modern city in the 21st century.

This dramatic turn-around is considered to be the result of the Miracle on the Han River, a term coined to describe Seoul's highly accelerated and successful development since the early 1960s. Used charcoal briquettes and other industrial waste materials produced during the city's rapid development in this period led to pile ups of trash. By the 1990s, these pile ups grew to mountains at a height of 95 meters and length of 2 kilometers, even after being compressed into a rectangular shape that weighed over 120 million tons. This was in comparison to the Namsanmarker mountain in Seoul, which is 262 meters. Nanjido's accumulation of garbage increased to 3,000 truck loads of waste per day, essentially creating a pyramid 34 times larger than The Great Pyramid of Gizamarker in Egyptmarker.

In 1996, Seoul began to launch stabilization projects to withhold further industrial developments and build facilities to prevent the environmental contamination caused by the landfill zone. The stabilization projects included reinforcing the inclines of the landfill that were on the verge of collapsing, minimizing the sludge from the trash and collecting harmful gases. The gas accumulated in the process was utilized as the heat energy necessary for heating nearby facilities of the Seoul World Cup Stadiummarker and the Sangam housing development area.

The re-engineered region was first designated a housing development zone in March 1997. A "New Seoul Town Development" project was announced when Goh Kun became the mayor of Seoul in July 1998. In August of the same year, the general planning for New Seoul Town project began to take form. Based on this, a master plan was established for the Millennium City (Sangam New Millennium Town). Along with drawing up a city plan to turn the Sangam region into a secondary center of Seoul, a subsequent plan was drafted to build a gateway town that embodies both information and ecology. The plan has since been carried out in concrete, and encompasses separate projects such as the World Cup Park, an environmentally friendly housing complex and the Digital Media City.

References

  1. http://info.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/1212/1212d_nuritkum.cfm
  2. http://global.mit.edu/projects/project/seoul-digital-media-city/
  3. http://www.centralsalford.com/admin/assets/uploads/.../pr_220506.doc
  4. http://www.boschsecurity.com.sg/.../KR_Commercial-Government_NuritkumSquare_062009.pdf
  5. http://rt.com/Top_News/2009-02-04/Seoul___the_soul_of_world_design.html
  6. http://dmc.seoul.go.kr/english/jsp/about/dms05.jsp
  7. A City of Tomorrow - Digital Media City, retrieved 2009-11-26



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