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SFU presents two free talks with Dr Kee Yeon Hwang, Korea Transport Institute president, Mar 29 and 31, 2011

SFU presents two free talks with Dr Kee Yeon Hwang, Korea Transport Institute president, Mar 29 and 31, 2011

Dr Kee Yeon Hwang, president of the Korea Transport Institute

Heads up for transit and planning enthusiasts: Dr Kee Yeon Hwang, president of Seoul’s Korea Transport Institute, will be giving two free talks at SFU on Tuesday March 29 and Thursday March 31, 2011!

Talk 1: on how Seoul replaced a downtown freeway with a stream

The Cheonggye Stream Revitalization Project: An Urban Transport Revolution in Seoul
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 7 p.m.
Room 1400, Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver
515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Reserve your seat at www.sfu.ca/reserve

Dr Hwang’s first talk focuses on how Seoul replaced an urban expressway with a stream in the city centre, and the impacts to traffic and the urban paradigm. Restoring the stream has brought a new urban paradigm to Seoul that places more emphasis on sustainability and the pedestrian environment than on economic growth through vehicular movement.

Check out the poster for more detail! Of note: Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs promoted this talk back in February, as it presents an interesting perspective on what might be possible with Vancouver’s existing viaducts.

Talk 2: on improving Seoul’s bus service by reforming operating practice

The Sustainability Dividend of Building a Better Bus System: Evidence from Seoul’s Public Transit Reform
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7 p.m.
Room 2600, SFU Surrey
13450 – 102 Avenue, Surrey (just south of the Surrey Central SkyTrain station)
Reserve your seat at www.sfu.ca/reserve

Dr Hwang’s second talk explores how Seoul took its metropolitan bus service to a new level starting in July 2004, by reforming operating practices that greatly enhanced performance and service quality. This acclaimed reorganization of policy demonstrates the capacity of local government leadership to positively impact the economic efficiency of public transit, the consumer welfare of transit users, and the sustainability of urban mobility. Check out the poster for more detail!

As well…

I’ve got an opportunity to talk with Dr Hwang for a few minutes on the morning of Monday, March 28, 2011, so if you have any questions I should bring up, just let me know!

You can also find out more info on Dr Hwang’s talks at the SFU Urban Studies public talks page, which also includes recordings of past lectures from earlier Visiting Fellows like Ellen Dunham-Jones, Dr Andrew Thornley, Hank Dittmar, and James Kunstler.