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  • ‘Design Seoul’ Wins the Grand Prize at the ‘Index Awards 2011’

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     Winner in the Community category - Seoul Metropolitan Government: Design Seoul “Design Seoul” received the Grand Prize in the Community Category at the awards ceremony of the Index Awards 2011, which took place at the Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark at 3 am, September 2, 2011 (Korea time).

    The Index Awards were launched in 2005 by the non-profit design foundation Index, which is supported by the Danish royal family, in a bid to find new ways of overcoming the various crises facing humanity and to improve the quality of life under the slogan of “Design for a Better Life.” Among the various design contests, these awards are famous for paying the largest amount of prize money to the winners.

    A total of 966 designs from 78 countries were submitted to this year’s Index Awards Contest. An 11-member panel of international judges screened the submissions last June and singled out as candidates for awards in the Community category three of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s major projects, namely the Design Seoul Project, Seoul Call Center Dasan 120, and the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project.

    The winners of the five categories, including Design Seoul, and 55 candidates, including Seoul Call Center Dasan 120 and the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project, will go on a global exhibition tour over the next two years.

    Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to use the prize money from the Index Awards to install an enjoyable design artwork at the new city hall building currently under construction and thereby share the honor with Seoulites.