Studio Daniel Libeskind has won the master-plan competition for a large-scale business district in Seoul. The plan will transform a 138-acre former railyard into a business, residential and cultural hub set amid a riverfront park. Libeskind’s design focuses on a 150-story building surrounded by 30 buildings, ranging from 20 to 70 stories. The $20-billion, 3.1-million-sq-m Yongsan District project in central Seoul is expected to break ground in 2011.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan