Green and smart cities has been one of the desirable approaches in contemporary urban planning practice. Korean urban development has been highly influenced by strong ICT and recent technological evolution. Also, recently there is increasing interest in green public spaces as seen in the restoration of the Cheonggye Stream.

There has been dynamic changes in modern Korean cities in terms of population, the use of public space and urban strategies for liveable and sustainable cities. Korean cities have different development paths from Australian cities. However, how Korean cities have dealt with contemporary urban issues will provide implications to the cities facing similar urban challenges. This forum will be a great opportunity to find out alternative strategies.

This Melbourne forum will consist of keynote speeches delivered by experts at Korean green and smart cities. They will share diverse urban planning strategies that have been implemented in Korea. We invite you to voice your opinions and contribute to discussions to develop strategies for making smart green cities. This forum is sponsored by Australia-Korea Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Dr. Hyung Min Kim – Lecturer in Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne. His research interest is spatial dynamics of cities. He is experienced in Asian planning practices. Title: “An overview of Korean cities”

A/Professor Joon Sik Kim – Associate Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. He previously worked for Samsung in developing smart cities. He has consulted with public and private sectors to create smart cities in Korea, China, the Middle East and beyond. Title: “Korean approaches to Smart Cities”

Professor Chang-Gyu Choi – Professor of Graduate School of Urban Studies, Hanyang University, Korea. He has a wide range of academic and practical experiences in urban planning, urban design and real estate development. Title: “Korean urban planning and smart cities”

Dr. Kyoung-Seok Jang – Legislative Researcher in National Assembly Research Service, Korea. He is an urban policy analyst. He has consulted with Korean parliament members for their urban and housing legislation and policy making. Title: “Smart cities: an institutional context in Korea”

A/Professor In Kwon Park – Associate Professor of Department of Urban Administration, University of Seoul. He is a head of department of Urban Administration with research experience on urban inclusiveness, agriculture and social development policy. Title: “A Tough Road to Green Utilization of an Urban River: The Case of the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul”


A/Professor Marco Amati, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Welcome address:

Professor Jago Dodson, Director of Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Mr Hongju Jo, Consul-General of the Republic of Korea

Mr. Cameron Archer, Deputy State Director, Victoria State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

This event is sponsored by the Australia-Korea Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and co-hosted by the University of Melbourne.


Building 16, Level 4, Auditorium 336–348 Swanston Street


8 May 2017