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          Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition
          Seoul Metropolitan Government
        • Category
        • International
        • Type
        • Open
        • Registration Deadline
        • 08/23/2013
        • Submission Deadline
        • 08/23/2013
        • Open To
        • The competition is open to all professionals and students individually or as a team (maximum of 3 people per team).
        • Entry Fee
        • None
        • Awards
        • US $22,000 Total
        • Jury
        • Not yet announced
        • Contact
        • Jeong-Hyun, Oh
        • Address
        • 57 Nambusunhwan-ro 340-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 137-071, Korea
        • Email
        • Competition E-Mail
        • Web Site
        • Competition Web Site
        • Phone
        • 82-2-2149-1072
        • Fax
        • 82-2-2149-1060
        • Description
        • [The Beginning of Change, from the Nanji Mountain of Waste to an Eco-Friendly Park]

          Over the past decade, the Sangam area has undergone enough change to be classified as a microcosm of Seoul's history of growth. Ahead of the 2002 World Cup, the abandoned 'Nanji Mountain of Waste' was converted into an eco-friendly park. Its surroundings were transformed into a World Cup Mecca and riverside ecological-waterfront-park. It was reborn as a Digital Media City that is responsible for the future growth of Seoul. 

          [The oil reserve base that was hidden in the middle of Sangam for the last 10 years]
          There is a place that is unknown to citizens, and is hidden due to the aftereffects of the 2002 World Cup. This is the old oil reserve, which is adjacent to Maebongsan, near World Cup Stadium. The oil reserve base is an important facility that stores oil for the country in case of an emergency. As the only oil reserve in Seoul, Mapo was the facility that the Korea Petroleum Development Corporation created at the foot of Maebongsan, Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu in 1976. Five storage tanks were buried there in order to manage the oil reserves. During the construction of the 2002 World Cup Stadium, it was determined that the oil reserve needed to be moved due to safety concerns, because the two locations were only 500m apart. The base was closed following the oil reserve transfer in November 2000. Additionally, parts of the site are temporarily being used as a bus parking. Meanwhile, various methods of utilizing the oil reserve base were explored; these methods included 'the Science Museum' and 'the Media Industry Complex.' However, the suitability to drive confidence could not be identified. Although it has a wide range of potential and value, this facility was unexpectedly forgotten by citizens and, until recently, hidden. 

          [The Value and Potential of the (Old) Oil Reserve Base]
          During the period of growth, careful development has caused various problems that include environmental degradation and rapid urbanization. However, the oil reserve, a symbol of the industrial era and period of growth, can be an eco-friendly, sustainable place that can care for future generations. On one hand, the Sangam Digital Media City and the adjacent oil reserve base can be regarded as a place that is crucial to our future growth. And also, the oil reserve is valuable as a special space hidden in the midst of the city. If it is recycled to its fullest, it could serve as a great symbol that exceeds the idea of creating anew. 

          [The legacy of the industrial era and oil reserve base, and a new beginning for citizens of the future.]
          To confidently determine the direction of the use of the oil reserve, which bears high values and allows for a variety of discussions, the conclusion is that citizen consensus be the determining factor. Over the last 10 years, the Seoul Metropolitan Government developed most of the Sangam area to be an environmental and ecological park, house the World Cup Stadium and be a Digital Media City (DMC). However, the direction of the use of the oil reserve base, the last land remaining land in Sangam, will be reborn as a place for citizens that reflect the citizens through the ideas of professionals and students. By recounting the meaning, value, and the potential of the space, and reestablishing that space to meet this new era’s core values of environment & ecology and sustainable future, we would like to return the space to the citizens. In order for citizens to become owners of the space, and truly shape it in the manner that they desire, we plan to communicate with citizens and establish a utilization plan through an idea competition. In an effort to create a landmark attraction in Seoul that receives the love of its citizens, we welcome all ideas. A variety of ideas and opinions received from professionals and students will be forwarded to and assessed by experts to plan guidelines for the redevelopment of the oil reserve base. We will focus on seeking new methods to take advantage of discarded, hidden facilities and spaces by collaborating with interested professionals and students. As a first step, please take part in the International Idea Competition for professionals and students.

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