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Nov 2 2015

Songdo, South Korea’s City of the Future, Has a Green Vision

Golfers watching the PGA Tour's Presidents Cup tournament last month may have caught a glimpse of the city of the future beyond the fairways. The event, held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, was a coming out party of sorts for Songdo, Korea, a masterplanned city on the Asian nation's west coast that counts the sculpted greens as one of its main attractions. In 2000, this area was still a series of tidal marshes, famous for being near an international airport and having once serving as one of the spots where General MacArthur came ashore during the Korean War. Now, it's a $40 billion experiment in smart city design, boasting a potentially burgeoning business district with a 68-story tower, sizable central park and some of the highest concentrations of LEED-certified space in the world.