While a market economy is coming to North Korea, some architects believe capitalist societies could learn from socialist urbanism, which sees urban space as publically-owned and not simply land for real estate development.

As with many other post-socialist cities and societies, North Korea is undergoing dramatic economic, social and political change. The nature, characteristics and limits of urban spaces in the country have largely been defined by the Korean War; the conflict left the country devastated, with the destruction of, on average, 85…