A study on method of public urban facilities maintenance by private sector - Case of road maintenance in Gwangjin-Gu of Seoul, Korea

Byoung Jin Kim, Satoshi Toi, Yoshinao Oeda, Chiaki Matsunaga, Mandkhai Baatarzorig

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An area around railway station where was developed a long time ago In Seoul, requires overall maintenance, which is executed via several urban planning systems, such as a restoration of deteriorating buildings, a road maintenance, and a securing of public urban space. As well as an urban maintenance is increasingly being undertaken road maintenance and improvements by private sector recently. Thus, the private sector plays an important role in urban renewal and maintenance in urban areas. However, with exception of an urban planning district, road maintenance and improvement projects face several challenges; thus, an overall management plan needs to be implemented, as well as the system of compensation for road maintenance undertaken by the private sector. This paper aims to identify these challenges and discuss the role of city administration in road maintenance, as well as to offer suggestions about the part that the private sector can play in the maintenance of public urban facilities. This study consists of data collection through a literature review, interviews with city administration staff, and a case study of Hanrim Tower in Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul. In conclusion, we suggest how urban maintenance can be managed according to proposals from citizens regarding road maintenance and improvements, and recommend that city administration to set up definite criteria to incentivize enterprises that are willing to carry out the work. Amaintenance of public urban facilities by private sector is particularly focused on road maintenance and improvements, which suggests the need for overall improvements to the urban planning system and the system of incentives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalMemoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 31 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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