SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 9, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation said that they will host the first “Human City Design Award.”
Seoul won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2018 for its successful urban regeneration through the citizens’ participation, and it was recognized worldwide for its urban regeneration’s human-centered value. The city government expects that the Human City Design Award will spread the values of urban regeneration and share the best practices achieved by the world’s cities, preparing for a sustainable future.
The Human City Design Award is created to recognize urban design projects (designers or organizations) that contribute to solving complex urban environment problems and to building up harmonious and sustainable relationships among people, society, environment and nature by presenting a new vision and delivering the public value of design.
For this year’s Award, the Seoul Design Foundation made a public notice in June and accepted a total of 75 projects from 25 countries. Among them, 12 projects were selected as finalists by a panel of judges from home and abroad after four rounds of meeting of reviews and evaluations.
In order to make the objective and professional evaluation, the Seoul Design Foundation invited the world’s top experts in design, community and architecture, including Mr. Charles Landry, the founder of COMEDIA and the author of “The Creative City,” who is regarded as one of the world’s authorities on urban innovation; Honorary Professor of design Ezio Manzini at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano); President Mariana Amatullo of Cumulus; Professor Lou Yongqi, the Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai, China; and Professor of architecture Yoo Hyun-joon at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.
The evaluation criteria the Human City Design Award places importance on are:
1) Does the design can solve urban problems and create a sustainable and harmonious human city?
2) Is the perspective of solving urban problems through design creative and is it expanded worldwide?
3) Does the design have a future vision of the future-oriented world’s culture and civilization?
The judges will determine the final winner of the Award after the on-site inspection and final screening from the 12 projects. The final winner will receive KRW 100 million (USD 85,000) in cash prize and a trophy. The awarding ceremony is scheduled to be held on September 26.
The Seoul Design Foundation plans to unveil the 12 projects that are the final candidates for the selection during the Human City Design Conference and Exhibition that will take place at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) during the 2019 Seoul Design Week.