* Date : 2020-02-05
More than 90% of the world population takes up about 20% of the earth surface. Half of them live in urban areas. But overpopulation and soaring skyscrapers are hurting the quality of urban living. Air pollution and urban heat islands are the main culprits of environmental destruction that steal green environment from our surroundings. How can we resuscitate our cities ailing from overcrowding, industrialization and pollution? The answers can be found in Paris, France, a city reborn through urban renewal. The French capital has been revitalized through such urban renewal programs as La Défense, a financial and commercial center, and Paris Rive Gauche, a slum turned an all-in-one city.
The urban renewal projects of Paris always integrate culture and art. The finest example is Grands Travaux, a set of urban regeneration programs first undertaken by France’s 19th president Georges Pompidou. Results of Grands Travaux can be seen in Atelier des Lumières, a media art center renovated from a closed foundry, Musée d’Orsay converted from an old train station, and Promenade Plantée, an elevated linear park built on top of disused railway.
Cities in Korea are growing into mega cities through urban renewal. Incheon is renovating its old port facilities into cultural venues such as Sangsang Platform and Art Platform. Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan, once a refugee settlement, transformed into the Santorini of Korea, visited by over 1.85 million tourists annually. Oil tanks were turned into a multipurpose park to provide artists with a platform to showcase their art. The purpose of urban renewal is to bring changes to people’s lives. If a transformed city can make a positive impact on people’s lives, then the urban renewal project has achieved its goal.
Filming Locations: Paris, France, La Défense, Seine Rive Gauche, Promenade Plantée, Les Machines de I’Ile in Nantes, Incheon Art Platform, Mapo Oil Tank Culture Park, Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, Joyang Cotton Mill