Osong Bio Valley
Chungbukdo, South Korea
A Long Life City Shaped by its Bio-Region.
What is a bio-tech city and what should its life and character be based on? How should a new city be designed today- in the year 2011? Perkins+Will’s vision for Osong channels its bio-region’s social, economic, and natural resources to create a unique global biotech location. Osong’s regional resources and natural processes, or its bio-capacity, shape and limit its development footprint. Biotechnology, Osong’s economic driver, which has applications in agriculture and medicine, will shape the valley’s public realm- its innovations revealed and celebrated on streets and squares. The bio-valley will be a “Living City” that is intelligent, innovative, resilient, connected, and renewable. It will possess a dynamic footprint driven by smart and flexible infrastructure that adapts to change- allowing it to both expand and shrink in size as per future demands. Our proposal preserves and builds-on existing settlement patterns, fertile agricultural fields and communities where possible- all part of the symbiotic cultural and economic ecosystem of the area. These design drivers seek to establish Osong as a model bio-city and a value based international brand with a high quality of life that will attract international talent, investment and attention.