SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 5, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it will host the “Seoul Design International Forum 2020” with the theme of “New Design City Responding to Post-COVID-19” for two days from November 5 to 6.
The forum will bring together domestic and international experts who are actively working to create a sustainable society through design.
Seoul integrated the international seminar “Universal Design” and the “Social Problem Solving Design International Forum” that had been held separately to hold this year’s event.
The forum is expected to provide a chance to think about the value and role of design in daily lives that have changed by the coronavirus and discuss the future direction design should take.
Through this forum, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will present the efforts and achievements Seoul has been making as one of the leading cities in universal design and social problem solving design. The forum will allow citizens to have an opportunity to meet experts and designers and share and discuss beset urban design cases of each country.
The forum will consist of four sessions each day for two days – issues of “universal design” will be mainly discussed on the first day, and that of “social problem solving design” will be on the second day.
During the sessions to be held on November 5 with the central theme of “Post-COVID, Opportunity and Transformation for City Design” a total of ten speakers will talk about new design initiatives and directions of urban design according to the changes caused by the coronavirus.
In the sessions on November 6, under the theme of “Design for Social Resilience in the Post-COVID”, nine speakers will discuss public and private design projects in response to social crises, such as coronavirus, and cases preparing for the “untact (contactless)” era.
The forum is held online, and anyone interested in design can access and watch the forum at www.sdif.or.kr.
Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Culture, said, “It is time for all sectors of society to change the paradigm due to the coronavirus outbreak,” adding, “This year’s forum will become a place for both experts and citizens to share cases that are leading the change while creating a better society through design. It will also be a place to discuss future policy directions to explore ways to overcome the crisis together.”