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  • Italy’s Countless Cities Wins Grand Prize of 2020 Human Design City Award

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    • As an international prize, the Human City Design Award suggests ways to solve urban issues by recognizing design projects that can bring about happier city life
    • 99 projects from 31 countries showed diverse approaches towards human-centered design
    • The Grand Prize winner Countless Cities, a biennale held at Farm Cultural Park in Italy, is deemed a design project that revitalized the whole city

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 9, 2021 – The 2nd Human City Design Award (HCDA), organized by the Seoul Design Foundation (SDF; CEO Choi Kyung-ran), awarded Italy’s Countless Cities the Grand Prize.

    The HCDA is an international prize that recognizes design projects presenting design guidance for future cities. For sustainable cities where citizens enjoy a happy life, the Award pursues five values: sustainability, creativity and innovation, sharing with the public, participation and cooperation, and positive influences on life.

    The 2nd HCDA received a total of 99 projects from 31 countries. The number of submitted projects rose by 32% compared to 2019, indicating that the global design community showed greater interest in the purpose of the Award.

    Countless Cities, the Grand Prize winner of 2020 HCDA, is a project that turned old and abandoned houses in a rural village of Sicily into spaces for contemporary exhibition and community activities. Around a decade ago, the art and design renovation project turned the village, which had been bereft of travelers, into a place that attracts 100,000 tourists.

    Charles Landry, the head of the jury of the 2020 HCDA, said, “Farm Cultural Park is a marvelous case of revitalizing the whole city through a design regeneration project inspired by art.”

    “A city that had been dilapidated because of Mafia became a place for the youth with the help of solidarity. The small community that made people’s dreams come true is now taking on a new challenge,” said Andrea Bartoli, designer of the Italian team that won the Grand Prize. “This project is still ongoing. Moving forward, we will invest in public places, education for the future generation, and efficient and sustainable dwellings.”

    “The pandemic has deprived us of in-person communication. Nonetheless, this is the right time to have an in-depth talk about a sustainable future so that we can recover human-centered cities with the help of design of participation and cooperation,” mentioned Choi Kyung-ran, CEO of the SDF. “I strongly believe that the Award will grow into an urban design festival that global urban designers and citizens have long-anticipated.”

    All of the ten finalists, including the Grand Prize winner, showed possible solutions for creating human-centered cities.

    The grand prize money of the HCDA is being used in activities for human-centered city design.

    The 1st HCDA in 2019 selected Dunoon Project as the final winner. This project already introduced beautiful innovation to Dunoon, an informal settlement near Cape Town, South Africa. The project, which prompted participation from the locals who wanted to make a drugand crime-free community, built a library, a future Learning and Innovation Center, and a community hall for children. Development of various other programs funded by the prize money is also underway.