Seoul’s dramatic economic growth over the last 50 years relied on the rapid development of an extensive urban infrastructure. Today, Seoul faces a growing challenge to maintain and improve its aging infrastructure. A concerted government effort to assess and monitor infrastructural integrity has prevented a repeat of tragic building collapses that occurred in the 1990s, but further steps are needed. Seoul intends to implement a new city-wide resilience strategy that can optimize infrastructure by involving more diverse groups of citizens and stakeholders.

Seoul also faces a real risk of disease outbreak, which not only threaten citizens’ lives and health but also impact the city’s political, economic, and social resilience. The MERS outbreak of 2015 forced schools to close and substantially reduced tourism and commerce. The city established an Emergency Response Team headed by its Mayor, and collaborated with public and private entities to contain the disease’s spread.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Cyber Attack
  • Declining Population / Human Capital Flight
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Landslide

Snapshot of Seoul

  • 10,000,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2014

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