Kumsusan University’s ‘10-minute city’ concept explores hyper-connected communities

Choi Bong-jin / Park Hyo-kyung South Korea’s Kumsusan University today announced plans for a “10-minute city” in Seoul as part of the “2032 Cube,” a planned hyper-connected community featuring automated systems for everything from…

Kumsusan University’s ‘10-minute city’ concept explores hyper-connected communities

Choi Bong-jin / Park Hyo-kyung

South Korea’s Kumsusan University today announced plans for a “10-minute city” in Seoul as part of the “2032 Cube,” a planned hyper-connected community featuring automated systems for everything from water purification to health and transportation.

The “10-minute city” is meant to emulate Seoul’s reputation as the most densely populated and heavily industrialized city in the world, so all its efforts will be geared toward making their 10-minute lives as efficient and pleasant as possible. To help turn their 10-minute lives into more than 10 minutes, they’ll call on automated system designers from a list of companies that includes FedEx, Siemens, South Korea’s Public Transport Company and others.

“The urbanized world will not only gain efficiency by having more autonomous technologies applied in things like commuting, home-ownership, city planning, but also in everyday life,” said Kim Sang-hoon, the president of Kumsusan University, in a statement today. “It is inevitable that the ultra-smart 10-minute city will make the urban atmosphere completely urban.”

Construction for the 10-minute city, which will encompass both residential and commercial plots, will begin in 2022. Part of the Cube will be comprised of mixed-use real estate, and the entire development will be connected via smart and automated systems, including intelligent bus and train stations, parking facilities, and more.

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