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In September 2018, all the European partners of Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale were invited to present the project in a conference and exhibition Human City Design co-curated by the Cité du design Saint-Etienne, the Seoul Design Foundation and Nagoya UNESCO City of Design.
The aim: initaiting a cooperation network in Asia, inspired by the European project.

Since then, the City of Seoul and Seoul Design Foundation have been committed into promoting the initiatives reflecting the issues of Human Cities. That’s why the Seoul Design Foundation has launched a Human City Design Award 2019 , in partnership with Saint-Etienne and Nagoya UNESCO Cities of Design. This award is meant to be global ; addressed to all the designers in the world  involved in projects for  more human and sustainable cities. 

Theme: Design for Sustainable City for a harmonious relationship between human and the environment


  1. To establish a sustainable city ecosystem for a harmonious relationship between people and the environment through design
  2. To discuss design as a creative solution of complex social problems in the city and expand design’s healing effects around the world
  3. To make the design sector contribute to the development of mankind

Area: Projects that contribute to a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between people and people, people and society, people and the environment and people and nature


Individuals or organizations who have five or more years of experience in design-related field and providing a recommendation letter from nations, local city governments, design-related universities or design-related associations

Award : 

  • 1Grand Prize for  1 laureate  [Human City Grand Prize]
  • 10  Benefit Awards  for applicants who qualified at the 1st review

Grand Prize Money : 100 000 000 wons (KRW)
*  worth à 85 000 US$ or 76 000 € (variable according to the rate of exchange)

Benefit Award  and Grand Prize

  • Participation as a speaker at 2019 Seoul Design Week International Conference
  • Support for exhibition at 2019 Seoul Design Week “Human City Design Award”
  • Support for a visit to 2019 Seoul Design Week (airfare and lodging expenses)

Dates (Korean Standard Time)

  • Official Announcement I 27 June 2019 (Thur.) ~ 06 August 2019 (Tue.)
  • 1st Registration I 08 July 2019 (Mon.) ~ 06 August 2019 (Tue.)
  • 1st Review I 07 August 2019 (Wed.) ~ 11 August 2019 (Sun.)
  • 2nd Registration I 12 August 2019 (Mon.) ~ 16 August 2019 (Fri.)
  • 2nd Review I 17 August 2019 (Sat.) ~ 21 August 2019 (Wed.)
  • Final Review (including Site Verification) I 22 August 2019 (Thur.) ~ 03 September 2019 (Tue.)
  • Announcement of Winner I Early September 2019

Details of the call, Judging criteria, entry form  and  FAQ :

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