The inspired transformation of a highway in Seoul, rooftop parkour in Paris and 1,050km worth of cycling improvements in Istanbul

This week’s roundup of the best city stories from the web takes a look at plans for an elevated park in the South Korean capital, the issue of heritage preservation in Calcutta and the death-defying leaps of urban explorers on the rooftops of Paris.

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Seoul aims high

An abandoned elevated highway in the middle of Seoul is being transformed into something call the Skygarden. Similar to New York’s regeneration of a derelict elevated railway to make the High Line park, Seoul’s new grand urban project (designed by MVRDV) aims to create a raised public space full of local plants and flowers, as well as cafes, street markets, libraries and greenhouses.

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