Award Name: 2021 Human City Design Award

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


❶ To establish a sustainable urban ecosystem promoting a harmonious relationship between humans and
the environment through design
❷ To expand design’s power to address and heal social problems globally as a creative solution to complex urban issues
❸ To enable the design sector contribute to the advancement of mankind

Core Values: Creativity and Innovation, Sustainability, Publicness and Sharing, Participation and Cooperation, Impact and Inspiration

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 (Product, Visual, Digital/Multimedia, Space/System, Service/Experience/Social, etc.)

Eligibility: Individuals or groups who are of design-related major and/or have design-related career

Host: Seoul Metropolitan Government

Organizer: Seoul Design Foundation

Sponsorship/Cooperation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, World Design Organization (WDO), Cumulus, World Silk Road University Federation, Human City EU Network, Korea Federation of Design Organizations, etc


Official Schedule (Korean Standard Time)

Submission Period: 1 September 2021(Wed) ~ 31 October 2021(Sun) (KST 24:00)

Screening Period: November 2021 ~ February 2022

Winner Announcement: Expected to announce separately

Award Ceremony: 21 March 2022(Mon)



Prize Money:

[Grand Prize] 1 team - 50 million KRW (About 45,000USD)
[Honorable Mention Award] ±10 teams - 5 million KRW each (About 4,500USD)
[Special Awards] ❶ Safety & Security Award, 1 team – 5 million KRW
[Special Awards] ❷ Citizens’ Award, 1 team – 5 million KRW
[Special Awards] ❷ ※ The Special Awards can be given additionally
※ All prize money are VAT included

Award Privilege:

❶ Invitation to 2020 Human City Design Award online ceremony
❷ Opportunities for promotion and permission to use the award logo
❸ Presentation of plaques (Grand Prize : Trophy, others : Plaques)


Screening Criteria:


Does the theme address a design issue involving the city, human’s lives, human, the society, the environment, or nature in order to create a harmonious human city?

Problem solving for urban life: does the theme deal with public design issues such as city, life, people, society, environment, nature and etc to create a sustainable and harmonious human city?

Global value expansion: does the perspective of solving design problem have a ripple effect that is creative, solved by participation and cooperation, and can be expanded and shared globally?

Provide vision for the future: does the design contribute to the vision of a sustainable, future-oriented world culture and civilization where humans and the environment coexist in harmony?



Submit through the 2021 Human City Design Award homepage (from September)
※ If you register your name on our website, we will send you an e-mail when the submission system opens
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Documents: Information of less than 5 years’ implemented design projects, photo/video and design experience