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Title Towards the Pursuit of Locally Customized Facility Blocks for Women and Families
Editor Admin Data 2015.06.30 View 2140
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Towards the Pursuit of Locally Customized Facility Blocks for Women and Families

Kang, Hee Young
Kuk, Mi Ae
Moon, Eun Young
Research Fellow, Policy Research Department

This study examines the present locations of Seoul’s facilities for women and families, and proposes the establishment of locally customized facility blocks for these users. The research methods used here include a survey, document analysis, and focus groups interviews (FGIs) with local leaders and experts.

To identify the demand for facilities geared toward women and families, some items included in the Citizen Survey on Changes in Gender Equality Conditions and City Environment, conducted by the SFWF in 2013 as part of the 2030 Seoul City Master Plan, were selected and analyzed by region. To examine the current status of facilities for women and families in Seoul, administrative data, existing literature, and the city’s website were reviewed. From the FGIs with local leaders, the study identified new facility demand and explored ways to realize synergy between existing and new facilities, particularly through effective role division.

The study proposes the following three methods for establishing locally customized blocks of facilities for women and families: functional linkage of existing facilities, space sharing among related organizations, and construction of multi-purpose facilities.

The southwestern and northeastern parts of Seoul are suggested as candidate areas for new multi-purpose facilities. Both areas are characterized by their weak cultural infrastructure and large populations. In the southwestern part, the old US military site in Daebang-dong has already been decided as the site for new facilities. In the northeastern region, land surrounding the Dongbu District Court Office is highly likely to be the site of facilities for women and families as the court office will soon relocate.

This study suggests that multi-purpose facilities be used for programs centered on jobs, family, culture and arts, and community, and for facilitating a sharing economy. To ensure these facilities operate as community spaces, open communication channels between the city and residents should be established so that the latter’s views are reflected in facility programs and operations. As well, the facilities should be monitored to ensure that they are in line with the women and family policies of the Seoul City government. These facilities will gain in significance when they meet the demands of residents and redefine the meaning and functions of local community.