2040 Seoul Plan: Strategic Direction and Citizen Engagement

Calendar 25 November 2019
Time 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm. Registration from 3.00pm, seated by 3.30pm 
Location MND Auditorium, MND Annex A, 5 Maxwell Road Singapore 069110
rsvp Free event. RSVP required
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Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please be seated 10 minutes before lecture begins, after which we will open the venue to walk-in guests.


Lecture Poster (PDF: 109 KB)


In 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government launched the 2030 Seoul Plan, a master plan for the development of the South Korean capital. This plan, like earlier master plans, set the spatial and strategic direction for the city in the years ahead, with a commitment to goals such as industrial growth, sustainability, heritage, and connectivity. It also articulated a move to reorganise Seoul into a multi-centric city. The 2030 Plan, finalised in 2015, has been also been notable for involving citizens at all stages of the planning process. In 2019, the Seoul Government launched an effort to update the Seoul Plan. This 2040 Seoul Plan process aims to build on the 2030 plan, addressing urban problems and issues such as traffic systems, air quality and arresting thoughtless development.

Dr Kim Inhee, Senior Research Fellow at the Seoul Institute’s Department of Urban Planning and Design, was the key researcher involved in the creation of the 2030 Plan and is playing the same role in the 2040 Plan. In this lecture, Dr Kim will be sharing on the key features of the 2030 and 2040 Plans, covering issues such as the strategic goals of each plan, arrangements for involving citizens in the planning process, as well as the statutory and administrative processes involved.

About the Speakers

Dr Inhee Kim

Senior Research Fellow
Department of Urban Planning and Design Research
Seoul Institute

Dr Inhee Kim is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Planning and Design Research at the Seoul Institute, Republic of Korea. At the Institute, Dr Kim has conducted several urban planning and research projects, including on issues such as urban regeneration, metropolitan development and housing. Dr Kim is the key researcher for the 2040 Seoul Plan, a role he also played in the 2030 Seoul Plan. Dr Kim earned a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2003; and worked for Urban Plan GmbH in Berlin for 10 years before joining the Seoul Institute in 2004.

Michael Koh
Executive Fellow
Centre for Liveable Cities

Mr Michael Koh has 25 years of experience in the public service including 7 years as CEO of the National Heritage Board and 4 years concurrently as CEO of the National Art Gallery. He was also the former Director of Urban Planning & Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority where he spearheaded the planning and urban design of the new mixed use Downtown at Marina Bay, revitalisation of Orchard Road as a shopping street and creation of an arts and entertainment district at Bras Basah Bugis.