Korean city plans to build 10-minute city, look what we’re offering you now

At least four new cities will get built by 2060 — a result of people living, working and roaming in high-tech automated networks that completely automate the transport and mobility of South Koreans. Called the 10-minute city, the ambitious plan aims to reach an estimated 3 million apartments by 2060, with each apartment having its own autonomous car or mobile home for quick and easy and often uninhibited movement.

Plans for the automated city, which was announced Thursday by the city of Seoul, have been previously proposed by Seoul’s city architect, Jit Soon-Sam, in his book 10-Minute City. And with Seoul only becoming the most populous city in South Korea in 2013 at 23.5 million people, the ambition is not too unreasonable. According to a study from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, an additional two million people could move to the city within the next 40 years, most of them middle-class people.

Humans are expected to continue to have a role in the 10-minute city, at least to begin with. About half of the houses that will be integrated into the network will be built by Koreans, with the remainder being owned by businesses and some private individuals.

The concept was originally to be built in 10 cities: Seoul, Incheon, Yangyang, Daegu, Busan, Pyeongtaek, Namhae, Gwangju, Gyeongju and Deoksu Temple in Gyeongju. But the locations have since been shuffled as some locations proved too expensive to build them. Due to the potential economic impact of the plan, however, the city has been slow to abandon the goal of building them all at once, instead choosing to fund a testbed for the 10-minute city in Seoul first.

See the video below for a view of what such a city might look like:

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