Pursued 'Regaining Town Charms' project with residents of Dalseong-gun
Highly popular among residents... "We want to make a town that everyone would want to visit"
'Urban Regeneration' idea piece reflecting the residents' opinions displayed at Dalseong-gun Office
[June 28, 2017]
<Display of the Department of Visual Communication Design's 'Regaining Town Charms' project (Dalseong-gun Office Chamggot Gallery)>
"We gathered our strength with YU students in order to make our town a place that everyone would want to visit. The town ambience has brightened, and I think it will be full of energy of life."
Recently, about 50 students of the YU Department of Visual Communication Design teamed up with the residents in the towns and villages of Dalseong-gun, Daegu for the 'Regaining Town Charms' project, and received great responses from residents. YU students cooperated with Dalseong-gun and local residents to find sustainable cultural resources for the region and integrated new designs and ideas to revive the charms of towns. This was aimed at improving the local scenery and to develop various tourism resources through the unique and creative ideas of students majoring in visual design.
The students visited the local residents to communicate and interact with them in order to find the unique resources of the region. They came up with ideas by utilizing these resources.
Lee Da-hoon (23), a junior at the YU Department of Visual Communication Design who participated in this project said, "I figured that the residents living in the town would know best on the characteristics and charms of their towns," and added, "We did not lead the project, but instead, we met with many residents to form a common ground, and interviewed the residents to gather their diverse opinions to come up with our ideas."
Through the 'Regaining Town Charms' project, students in the Department of Visual Communication Design came up with various ideas that could revive the charms of towns and restore the cities such as the 'Okpo-myeon Cultural Map' and 'Dasa-eup Goblin Ferry'. Dalseong-gun put on display a total of 36 pieces such as videos and idea works containing the process of the project by the YU students for viewing by local residents and Dalseong-gun personnel. The exhibit will be held for one month until June 23 at the Dalseong-gun Office Chamggot Gallery.
Dean of the YU Department of Visual Communication Design Kim Hae-tae who supervised this project said, "City regeneration projects need the active participation of economic communities of residents such as local companies and cooperatives, as well as the town residents in order to come up with various and unique ideas." He added, "The local residents of Dalseong-gun have a strong will to work together to make a better town, and our university also had professors and students continuously communicate with residents to come up with projects and good ideas."
Meanwhile, Dalseong-gun, Daegu is pursuing various urban regeneration projects through the leadership of the private, government and academic sectors such as hosting an international forum under the theme 'local regeneration through scenic resources'. It aims at restoring cities and towns by utilizing the resources of cities and regions and the residents participating directly in rebuilding the town. 'Regaining Town Charms' was part of such effort and was a collaborative project between YU and the towns and villages of Dalseong-gun.