Overview of Award

In 2018, Seoul City declared itself the "Human City Design Seoul". The ‘Human City Design Seoul’ Declaration is a response to what the world needs now, with our society convinced that we must overcome the harmful effects of human alienation or materialism or environmental problems, and design a sustainable urban environment in which human can enjoy creative lives. It is the wish of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and of the Seoul Design Foundation that Seoul can serve as a window for communication in building an urban ecosystem where human and nature coexist and as a platform for joint prosperity where the sustainability and well-being of the cultural community is sought after. With this hope, the "2nd Human City Design Award in 2020" is presented to designers or groups that have contributed to building a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between human and human, between human and society, between human and the environment, and between human and nature by tackling urban environmental issues and by presenting a new vision through creative design, following the successful start of the 1st Human City Design Award in 2019.

Title of Award: Human City Design Award 2020
Theme: Design for Sustainable City for a harmonious relationship between human and the environment
Purpose: 1. To establish a sustainable city ecosystem for a harmonious relationship between human 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: Less than 5 years’ implemented design projects that contribute to a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between human and human, human and society, human and the environment and human and nature (including objects, systems, and services)
Host: Seoul Metropolitan Government
Organizer: Seoul Design Foundation
Patronage /Cooperation: Human Cities EU Network, World Design Organization (WDO), The UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Cumulus, The Silk Road Universities Network(SUN), Korean Federation of Design Associations etc.

  • Individuals or organizations in the design sector with the recommendations of nations or local city governments or design-related universities or design-related associations
  • Individuals or organizations who have five or more years of experience in design-related field.


Selection: Grand Prize for One Winner [Human City Design Grand Prize] (※ Except one winner, benefits of award will be awarded to around 10 people called "Nominees" who qualified at a 1st review)

Prize money: Prize Money 100,000,000 won (KRW) [Including Tax] * Worth 85,000 USD or 76 000 € (variable according to the rate of exchange)

Find more information and all the documents HERE or via http://humancitydesignaward.or.kr/2020_en/