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  • Seoul to host first Human City Design Awards for selecting sustainable urban design projects

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    • Seoul Design Foundation made an announcement to host the first Human City Design Awards on its Website since June 27
    • The Awards to select the best design project for a sustainable city where people, nature and society maintain a balanced relationship through design
    • The selection of the winners is based on three criteria: how to solve urban problems; how to expand global values; and how to present future visions
    • The final winners will receive a prize of KRW 100 million (USD 85,000) and get a chance to participate in the Human City Design Exhibition and Conference during the 2019 Seoul Design Week

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 9, 2019 — The Seoul Design Foundation announced that it will host the first “Human City Design Awards” on September 26, 2019, aiming at selecting the best design project for a sustainable city. It is designed to present the direction of sustainable global urban designs, and to award the best design project that facilitate the most harmonious and sustainable building of the relationships between “people and people,” “people and society,” and “people and nature.”

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation, which organize and host the event, had declared their initiative “Human City Design Seoul” during the 2018 Seoul Design Week. The declaration represents the need of the times when a sustainable urban environment design is required for all citizens to overcome human alienation and harmful materialistic consequences and enjoy a creative life, regardless of their age and gender, properties, or disabilities.


    <“Human City Design Seoul” declared during the 2018 Seoul Design Week>

    The Human City Design Awards, which will be held for the first time this year, is intended to create an environment of communication to establish the ecosystem that will make Seoul a megapolis where people, nature and social environments coexist, and also a win-win platform for the continuation and well-being of civilized communities.

    The Awards has three purposes: First, it is to establish a sustainable urban ecosystem in which people, nature and society maintain a balanced relationship through design. Second, it is to use design as a way to creatively solve complicated urban problems and to expand it to the world. Finally, it is to contribute to continuous development of mankind through the design.

    The final winning works will be selected through two rounds of document examination and final on-site screening. The selection is based on three criteria: how to solve urban problems; how to expand global values; and how to present future visions.

    Only ongoing projects are qualified to enter the competition. Individuals or organizations recommended by respective countries, cities, local governments, or design-related academies, associations or groups can apply for the Awards.

    The final winners will receive a prize of KRW 100 million (USD 85,000) and a trophy at the awards ceremony. Also, the winners will get a chance to participate in the Human City Design Exhibition and Conference during the 2019 Seoul Design Week, which will take place from September 20 to 26 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.

    Meanwhile, the Seoul Design Foundation participated in the 13th UNESCO Creative City Network Conference, held in Fabriano, Italy, on June 10, 2019 to promote the Human City Design Awards to 180 UNESCO cities.

    Choi Kyung-ran, the CEO of the Seoul Design Foundation said, “It is meaningful to host the Human City Design Awards because it is the only event in the world that awards future-oriented design works that reflect society, public interests, and environment for everyone, not just showing aesthetically superior designs.”

    More details of the Human City Design Awards can be found at its official Website (www.humancitydesignaward.or.kr). Applications can be made via email (humancity@seouldesign.or.kr) from July 8 to August 6, 2019.