seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability

seoul design award 2023 invites public to vote

 

In it’s fourth edition, Seoul Design Award 2023 is inviting citizens to vote online and offline. The international design contest reviews and celebrates projects that solve everyday challenges with creative ideas. From September 27 – October 15, 2023, the competition platform encourages the public’s participation to promote the Awards’ purpose of sustainability, in Korea or overseas. Out of 356 submissions from 62 countries, 22 winning submissions have been professionally reviewed for the past few months by judges around the world, including designboom co-founder Birgit Lohmann.

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
(above) Amphora: Water machine design shape (Tunisia)

(banner) Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion (Thailand)

all images courtesy of Seoul Design Award 2023

 

 

Against this backdrop, the Seoul Design Foundation, which organized the Seoul Design Award, is holding a citizens’ vote to promote the purpose of the contest and the role of design in leading the society in a better direction. The vote takes place both online and offline simultaneously, where the online voting for those outside of Korea is held until October 15th on the website of the Seoul Design Award 2023. In line with changing social trends, the competition focuses on solving challenges of everyday life and sustainable design, expanding its submission categories. 

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
Secretary of Urbanism and Environment of Fortaleza (Brazil)

 

 

10 selected works announced on october 25, 2023

 

Design projects executed and researched in various countries including Italy, Thailand, Mexico, Uganda, and Tunisia were selected as candidates for the Grand Prize. The jury focused on creative ways of solving problems for public value and collaboration with different members of the society to spread the impact of design. Most of all, the panel looked for harmonious relationships between the people, society and environment.

 

The one team that receives the Grand Prize, announced on October 25, is receiving a cash prize of KRW 50 million, while the three teams that win the Best of the Best Prize are granted with KRW 15 million each. The award categories have also been expanded to include special awards such as the Digital Award and Research Award, while the Citizens’ Prize, which is voted by citizens, is divided into Korea and overseas, and awarded to the two teams that won the most votes in each region, with a prize of KRW 5 million, respectively.

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
JERRYCAN BAG / Safe way solution for Africa children (Uganda)

 

 

Seoul Design Awards allows online & offline VOTING

 

In line with the award’s value of sustainability, the installations and event souvenirs of this exhibition were made with eco-friendly and upcycled materials. Accordingly, the Seoul Design Awards hold the citizens’ vote online and offline from September 27 to October 15 16:00 (KST) to select the Citizens’ Prize. In Seoul, works subject to vote will be exhibited during this period at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)’s D-Forest lobby and receive votes on-site. Meanwhile, overseas visitors can vote via the Seoul Design Awards website. 

 

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Guiding the runo Xicoténcatl Park (Mexico)

 

In a showcase of innovative projects, a range of eco-friendly solutions takes center stage. Amphora, a solar-powered jar inspired by ancient vessels, creates clean drinking water from air—a vital answer to water-scarce regions. Meanwhile, the Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion constructs together bamboo scaffolding with a canopy, offering an eco-tourism experience centered around oyster farming and seafood tasting. These projects aim to revitalize communities and promote sustainability.

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
The New Face of Batik Lasem Industry (Indonesia)

 

 

On the education front, a Classroom Makeover for The Blind transforms an old school library into a multi-sensory learning space, facilitating education for visually impaired students. Additionally, Craste introduces sustainable packaging by converting crop residue into high-quality paper, addressing India’s significant crop waste. All while Fortaleza Micro Parks breathe life into underutilized urban spaces, creating green areas for outdoor learning experiences. Other projects include the JERRYCAN BAG, designed to make life safer for African children carrying heavy water containers, and the Off Campus Nolo living lab that promotes innovation within local communities. Additionally, New Face of Batik Lasem Industry brings new life into traditional batik handicraft through contemporary fashion, while Voga utilizes seaweed in design products, with proceeds supporting local environmental efforts. Lastly, Xicoténcatl Park changes a degraded neighborhood into a leisure space using repurposed tires to guide rainwater runoff.

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
Classroom Makeover for The Blind (Thailand)

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
Craste – 100% tree free solutions out of crop residue (India)

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
Off Campus Nolo (Italy)

seoul design award 2023 launches citizens’ vote to promote sustainability
Voga (Croatia)

 

 

 

Get voting! Go through the finalists and choose who you think should win the Grand Prize through the link here

 

 

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project info:

 

name: Seoul Design Award 2023

organization: Seoul Design Foundation
announcement of results: October 2023

candidates: Amphora: Water machine design shape (Tunisia); Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion (Thailand); Classroom Makeover for The Blind (Thailand); Craste – 100% tree free solutions out of crop residue (India); Guiding the runo Xicoténcatl Park (Mexico); JERRYCAN BAG / Safe way solution for Africa children (Uganda); Off Campus Nolo (Italy); Secretary of Urbanism and Environment of Fortaleza (Brazil); The New Face of Batik Lasem Industry (Indonesia); Voga (Croatia)

dates: September 27 – October 15 (until October 23 for exhibitions in Korea)

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