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    Attention focused on Seoul as the 2010 World Design Capital

    Design city Seoul is drawing attention from people around the world as it was ranked third in a list of ‘The 31 Places to Go in 2010’ by the New York Times. In its Jan. 10 edition, the New York Times picked ‘Seoul, the 2010 World Design Capital’ as the third place to visit in its list of ‘The 31 Places to Go in 2010,’ followed by Sri Lanka and Patagonia Wine Country of Argentina.

    With its headline saying, ‘Design aficionados are now heading to Seoul,’ the U.S. newspaper described Seoul as a city where design aficionados are flocking due to the city’s glammed-up cafes and restaurants, immaculate art galleries and monumental fashion palaces.

    In particular, the New York Times noted the fact that Seoul was designated as the ‘2010 World Design Capital,’ citing a Web site of the organizing committee for the ‘World Design Capital Seoul 2010.’

    “A highlight will no doubt be the third annual Seoul Design Fair (Sept. 17 to Oct. 7), the city’s answer to the design weeks in Milan and New York, which last year drew 2.5 million people and featured a cavalcade of events under two enormous inflatable structures set up at the city’s Olympic stadium,” the newspaper said. As the campaign of ‘2010-2012 Visit Korea Years’ started this year and international events, including the G-20 Summit in November and the 2010 World Design Capital are planned in Seoul, Seoul City plans to make 2010 a year of increasing Seoul’s profile to the world and hosting foreign tourists. As the New York Times recommended Seoul as one of ‘The 31 Places to Go in 2010,’ the plan by Seoul City will gain momentum.

    For the ‘World Design Capital Seoul 2010,’ the city plans to hold 141 design-related events this year, including privately-organized ones. By cooperating with the design industry, Seoul City aims to increase citizens’ understanding of design. Of the planned 141 events, a total of 51 events are organized by Seoul City, including the Opening Festival for the World Design Capital Seoul 2010, the WDC World Design Cities Summit, and the Seoul Design Assets Exhibition.

    Currently, visitors can attend the ‘World Design Capital – Seoul Story’ until Jan. 17. The ‘Seoul Design Assets Exhibition,’ which opened to the public on Jan. 8, will last until March 7 at Seoul Museum of History. Featuring the history of design in Seoul with a three-dimension hologram and video works, the exhibition aims to herald the identity and superiority of design in Seoul to the world.

    In addition, Seoul City plans to hold the WDC World Design Cities Summit on Feb. 23-24 with mayors of cities known for their merits of design attending. Under the theme of ‘A City Makes a Leap Forward with Design,’ the summit aims to become a venue to discuss various measures to develop cities through design. The summit’s results will be reflected in Seoul’s policy of developing the city.

    From Sept. 17 to Oct. 7, the main event for the World Design Capital Seoul 2010, the ‘Seoul Design Fair’ will be held at Jamsil Sports Complex under the theme of ‘Design for All.’ In July, there will be a workshop, named ‘Inter Design Workshop,’ with young designers from home and abroad. In addition, there will be an event to increase design creativity for children at Children’s Day on May 5.

    • World Design Capital World Design Capital’s mission, overseen by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), is to recognize cities that manage to accomplish surprising development through utilization of innovative methods related to design. In 2008, Torino, Italy was designated as the pilot World Design Capital. At the ICSID general assembly meeting in San Francisco in October, 2007, Seoul was bestowed as the 2010 World Design Capital for the first time through a competition among cities. Helsinki, Finland was designated as the 2012 World Design Capital.
    • Seoul Design Assets In July last year, Seoul City selected 51 cultural heritages as the city’s Design Assets which are worth learning about as they are representative of the values of current and future design.