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Urban Exploration in Busan, S. Korea: Mapping Communities in the Smart City (Study Abroad Info Session, 1/30/2019)

Posted: 1/25/2019 (Local Events)

This seminar will provide students with a critical reflection on the possibilities and challenges of the smart city on urban regeneration and community-building process in the context of modern cities in South Korea. The discourse of the smart city epitomizes a new paradigm shift in the cities in the world. It builds new urban models that raise city’s competitive power of efficiency in planning and control with the integration of information and community technology (ICT) in various urban domains, human and physical environmental resources. The idea of the smart city seems already actively implemented in South Korea’s urban governance, planning and policy with economic support and technological advancement. However, a big question still remains if smart city development enacts to build a better community and if it presents citizens with more opportunities for improving their communities. Drawing on evidence from three cities in Korea — Busan, Sejong, and Changwon, this class will provide students an opportunity to experience creative engagements with local communities, and to explore re-working with (already-familiar) smart technologies and infrastructure in urban revitalization and community-building.

The course will start with a series of seminars and mini-conference that will introduce students to some of key concepts around smart city, urban regeneration, and community-building. There will be various “urban expeditions” that will expose students to different local communities in Busan, Changwon, and Sejong, and translate key concepts in the seminar into the real-world examples they will observe and engage with. In addition, this course will provide students an opportunity to learn and work with digital (mapping) technologies, such as online mapping, digital story maps, and mobile GPS app, as the process of unfolding their engagement with local communities and community partners.

This program will be held in collaboration with the Pusan National University (PNU), the City of Busan, the City of Changwon, and the City of Sejong. Readings will be assigned in advance of the seminar. The faculties and students in PNU will join the lectures and workshops in the first 2 weeks of the seminar, and students will visit various local sites they can have an experiential learning experience of urban regeneration efforts and a diverse range of community-based projects, couple with the smart urban development in Korea.

Here is a program flyer :  and students can see a full information in the official program site here:

There will be three public information sessions as well:

January 30, 2019, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm (East Asia Library, Gowen 3rd floor, Seminar Room, UW Seattle)

February 7, 2019, 11:30 am-12:20 pm (UW1-103, UW Bothell)

February 13, 2019, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm (UW1-103, UW Bothell)

The application deadline is February 15, and there are also several scholarship opportunities available.

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Date: 01/30/2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Location: East Asia Library, Gowen 3rd floor, Seminar Room, UW Seattle