Seoul ‘Skygarden’ to replace unsightly overpass


Seoul is poised to remake a decades-old overpass into an elevated green oasis. Francesca Street reports for CNN that the Seoul Skygarden would extend almost a kilometer and feature hundreds of trees, shrubs, flowers and other vegetation. The urban walkway, inspired by New York’s famed High Line, is being designed by Dutch architect Winy Maas.

Other amenities would include performance space, cafes, marketplaces and greenhouses, the network says. The planned walkway is part of a wider effort by the municipal government to make the megacity more green and eco-friendly. The garden, scheduled to open in April 2017, has a $33 million (U. S.) pricetag.

Seoul Deputy Mayor Kim Joon Kee tells CNN that the city views regeneration of the overpass as a statement on its evolution and progress. Seoul won acclaim for knocking down another highway that sliced through the city and restoring the stream underneath. And it has targeted several aging freeways for demolition.

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