Regeneration through sharing and coexistence – Seun Sangga, “Platform alpha”
Seun Sanga, once the most splendid city center that has now changed into the most deteriorated urban area, is bringing in new blood. SMG is implementing an urban renewal project by taking a new approach that suits the needs of shop owners and younger generation, while minimizing side effects of a massive development project such as harmed historicity and gentrification (a phenomenon where increased rents displace long-time residents).
Design My Love is a social enterprise that seeks to make use of 21 century’s sharing economy in urban renewal projects. As part of that effort, they opened a sharing startup center called “Platform Alpha” in Seun Sangga.
Nam-gu Volunteer Center in Gwangju ran Sharing Experience booths to get lots of positive response
On Oct 22nd, Nam-gu, a district of Gwangju, held an event with the title of “Encountering sharing in the Green Road Park” aimed at sharing various resources in the Green Road Park in order to reduce financial damage and to create a sense of community. In the Green Road Park, a total of 21 booths were set up – from recycled resource sharing, ‘Love your country’ sharing, talent sharing, health sharing, culture sharing, to sharing market – and they were well-received by more than one thousand residents and students.
Gwangsan-gu in Gwangju recruited 30 participants for “Sharing Gwangsan Academy” – benchmarked Seoul and other leading public offices in sharing activities
Gwangsan-gu (head of gu: MIN, Hyeong-bae) in Gwangju is receiving applications for Sharing Gwangsan Academy which visits selected regions that have led sharing activities across the country. 30 seats are available and registration is first come first served basis.
“No problem with high rents” – co-working spaces are seeking urban landmarks
Co-working spaces are catching people’s eyes as many of them started to open their branches in new landmark buildings in Myeongdong, Yeouido, and gangnam one after the other. “WeWork,” a global co-working space service, opened its first branch in Korea in Hongwoo building near Samsung’s office in the Gingham Station in August. Wework took on lease 10 floors including the 8th, 9th and 11th-18th of the building (Exclusive use space: approx. 3570㎡).