South Korea's City of the Future

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Mon, Sep 29th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

In order to show-off their technological prowess to the world, South Korea has almost finished building Songdo, a high-tech city of the Future. The Atlantic's Ross Arbes and Charles Bethea visit Songdo and while it sounds like it's not quite what it was marketed to be, it could very well be a good test bed for future green cities.

One morning, we found ourselves at Songdo’s waste-management center—the “Third Zone Automated Waste Collection Plant”—where we watched a video about the city’s garbage-removal system. Narrated like a Hollywood blockbuster, it explained that all of Songdo’s trash is sucked into underground pipes, and is automatically sorted and recycled, buried, or burned for fuel. These pipes connect all apartment buildings and offices; consequently, there are no street-corner trash cans or garbage trucks. Among the first of its kind in the world, the system currently requires just seven employees for the entire city.

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