James Corner Field Operations won the international design competition for Busan Citizens Park, a former U.S. Army Base in the ocean-side city of Busan, Korea.   The city called for the master planning of a 130-acre world-class urban park, taking into consideration the site’s unique context and history.

The presence of the fifty-year-old U.S. Army Base hallowed out the urban fabric, leaving a disconnected void in the middle of the city.  The mandate was to create a major public destination for the entire region, a park that draws a wide variety of visitors and is easily accessible.  By proposing a bold earthwork and ribbon-like forest system, the design creates a dramatic spatial experience while providing a way finding system and seemingly endless connectivity. The curvilinear forest and path system interlock with the city’s existing and future circulation network.  Over time, these connections will strengthen and the park will be reborn as magnificent piece of the larger urban fabric.