SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 26, 2019 — The Human City Design Award was held at Art Hall 2 of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) on September 26. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation hosted the Human City Design Award as the first scheme of the “Human City Design Seoul” Declaration made in 2018. From this June, 75 projects had been submitted from 25 countries across the globe and the panel of judges from home and abroad have selected 12 final candidates after four rounds of meetings.
The Human City Design Award is designed to seek a project that effectively expands functions of design to solve various social issues and help people relax by providing creative solutions to complicated urban problems and presenting better ways to build a sustainable urban ecosystem where humans and environment coexist harmoniously. The award is given to the project that utilizes design to contribute to the development of mankind through forming a harmonious and sustainable relationships between society, environment, nature, and humans.
The winner of the award selected with such criteria is Dunoon Learning and Innovation Project of the Republic of South Africa. Dunoon Learning and Innovation Project is based on the ideas to give life to existing objects, the projects that keep growing, being reused and expanding, the responses to the demands for better future of communities, and the characteristics that buildings and components can be used for different purposes and dissembled easily.
The 11th goal of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Through introducing and expanding sustainable human city designs from all around the world, the Human City Design Award of Seoul is expected to become a globally celebrated award that will transform cities into space where citizens can lead happier lives.