Article ID: CBB905789434

Restoring and Re-Restoring the Cheonggyecheon: Nature, Technology, and History in Seoul, South Korea (October 2019)

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The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project (2003–5) was an ambitious urban initiative to restore a 5.8-kilometer stream in central Seoul by demolishing elevated highways and peeling back the decades-old concrete pavement. A massive civil engineering project in itself, the restoration work caused heated debates on whether it brought back “an environmentally friendly civic jewel” or resulted in a humongous “fish tank” with an artificial water supply and meticulously engineered vista. This article examines the design, implementation, and critique of the restoration project by taking an envirotechnical position that restoration is fundamentally about negotiating nature, technology, and history. First, the designers and engineers struggled to determine how much nature and how much technology should constitute the new Cheonggyecheon so that it could recover its original state. Second, planners and officials deliberated which parts of the city’s past the restoration should reference and display. It turned out that a distant, dynastic era was brought back while a recent, contested history of rushed industrialization was pushed away, both physically and symbolically. Even as the critics of the restoration project pushed for a new “re-restoration” project, the central dilemma of finding the right reference for restoration remained unresolved. The Cheonggyecheon project shows that restoration is a never-ending effort that mobilizes what is available at the moment in the repository of nature, technology, and history.

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Authors & Contributors
Revell, Keith D.
Haglund, Karl
Kibel, Paul Stanton
Graham, Wade
Melosi, Martin V.
VanderMeer, Philip R.
Journals
Environmental History
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Geographia antiqua
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Environment and History
Publishers
Louisiana State University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
MIT Press in cooperation with the Charles River Conservancy
MIT Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of New Mexico Press
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Urban history
Urban planning
Rivers
Environment
Civil engineering
Environmental history
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Stevin, Simon
Vitruvius Pollio, Marcus
Leonardo da Vinci
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United States
New York City (New York, U.S.)
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California (U.S.)
Arizona (U.S.)
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20th century
21st century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Ancient
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United States Military Academy
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