Unplanned development and urban nature: The case of Yongin, South Korea

Authors: Jewon Ryu*, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Urban Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: urban nature, urban political ecology, unplanned development, development
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 25
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As the urban lifestyle expands horizontally through development, city residents perceive nature differently. Yongin, Korea’s representative development-friendly city, has achieved rapid development and population growth but suffers from side effects. Strengthening the 2019 development regulations was countered by the city’s previous stance to pursue expansion, made possible through the three previous easings of regulations. The reinforcement of regulations cannot be viewed merely as the abstract value of environmental conservation. The development activity that violates the rights of apartment residents of Yongin has become an example of ‘unplanned development,’ and the view from the apartment became the ‘urban nature’ of the city. This study proposes the necessity of paying attention to each constitutive aspect of understanding the future development-environmental conflict in cities with an urban political ecology perspective.

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