- Seoul Design Foundation Hosting the ‘Sustainable Human City Design’...
Seoul Design Foundation Hosting the ‘Sustainable Human City Design’ Conference
-SMG and Seoul Design Foundation hosting conference at DDP Academy Hall for two days from Sep. 17 (Mon) and 18 (Tue)
-Discuss ways to build humane urban environments under the theme of “Cities, Designing Everyday Lives.”
-Seoul mayor as a social designer will present his philosophies and stories about the design of Seoul on Sep. 17 (Mon)
-Participation by design experts from 9 cities of the Europe Human City Network, and 11 Asian cities from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)
-Paola Antonelli’s keynote speech is to be followed by Shuhei Aoyama’s presentation
-Sharing experiences of 20 design cities including Nagoya of Japan, Bilbao of Spain, and Saint-Etienne of France
□The‘Sustainable Human City Design Conference,’ an international event hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organized by the Seoul Design Foundation (President Choi Kyung-ran), will be held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza from Sep. 17 (Mon) to 18 (Tue).
○Sustainable Human City Design Conference is a venue of intellectual discourse aimed at establishing more humane urban environments under the theme of “Cities, Designing Everyday Lives.” The conference will view the city as ‘the stage of ordinary people’s lives’ and share opinions on the environment that pursues everyday happiness with citizens of Seoul. On top of that, design experts and scholars whom pursue wise designs will share various cities’ pending issues and success stories.
□The conference will kick off on Sep. 17 (Mon) at DDP Design Academy Hall with mayor Park Won-soon’s welcoming address. In his keynote speech, mayor Park will elaborate on his philosophies for Seoul as a social designer aspiring to realize a human-centered enjoyable city. Mayor Park will declare ‘Human City Design Seoul’ to share his social design philosophies with global cities, and implement together for the common purpose of designing happier sustainable cities. Moreover, he will declare the launch of Human City Design Awards in 2019 to recognize those cities, administrators, and designers who contributed to human-centered values with the purpose of implementing and spreading sustainable designs.
○As a social designer, mayor Park will disclose his plan implementing ‘Social Design to Create a Human-Centered City’ in Seoul. He will also elaborate on the city’s achievements in this field, such as Seoullo 7017 that has transformed the city’s deteriorating overpass into a human-centered sky park; and Oil Tank Culture Park that has turned the city’s abandoned oil depot into a cultural facility.
○The declaration of ‘Human City Design Seoul’ in which the mayor will address during the conference, is aimed at enhancing harmony between people, society, environment, and nature as well as interpersonal harmony in the city.
□The conference begins with the keynote speech entitled ‘Human, Design and City’ to be delivered by Paola Antonelli, a senior curator at Museum of Modern Art. The keynote speech will be followed by presentations from design experts from London of United Kingdom, Saint-Etienne of France, Nagoya of Japan, and Beijing of China.
○Paola Antonelli, a design critic is one of the top 100 most influential people in the world of art by ‘Art Review.’ As a design expert, she plans to address issues that should be tackled in the field of design, in addition to the introduction of her contributions. She is participating in the preparation of the next Triennale of Milano International Exhibition under the theme ‘Broken Nature.’
○Shuhei Aoyama, co-CEO of B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio, will speak about ‘Small Spaces Revitalize Big Cities.’ For the past 14 years, he has implemented the philosophy of ‘Small but Certain Happiness’ by redesigning the dilapidated inner city of Beijing.
○Meanwhile, congratulatory addresses will be delivered by Andrea Cancellato, director of MEET (Meet the Media Guru); and former general director of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano and Son Hye-won, a member of the National Assembly and a former brand designer.
□The second day, September 18 (Tuesday), the event arranged various cities’ experiences and know-how through the session called ‘Human City Design as the Solution to Global Issues.’ Experts from more than 20 overseas cities such as Nagoya of Japan, Bilbao of Spain, London of United Kingdom, and Saint-Etienne of France will also take part in the discussion about crafts, manufacturing, and universal design in their cities.
○It will be a valuable opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts from 20 overseas cities whom are from the Europe Human City Network, or the Asia UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Participants will be able to witness the fact the entire world joins forces to secure cultural and creative assets, and promote mutual exchange.
○Out of 11 cities constituting the Europe Human City Network, the following nine cities will be present in the conference: Ljubljana of Slovenia, Milan of Italy, Tallinn of Estonia, Cieszyn of Poland, Saint-Etienne of France, Helsinki of Finland, Graz of Austria, London of United Kingdom, and Bilbao of Spain. Out of cities that is with the Asia UNESCO Creative Cities Network, eight cities in the design field (Nagoya and Kobe of Japan; Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, and Wuhan of China; Singapore; and Bandung of Indonesia) and three cities in the crafts & folk art field (Baguio of the Philippines; Chiang Mai of Thailand; and Sasayama of Japan) will be present in the conference.
○Most notably, the keynote speakers for the second day include Kang Woo-hyun, a graphic designer and CEO of Tamnara Sangsang Group, and Sasaki Masayuki, author of “Prospects for Creative Cities: Urban Cultural Policy and Town Planning,” who are going to introduce Northeast Asian experiences in building human cities to participants from other parts of the world, share insights into cultural differences in the approach to the task, and discuss common challenges faced by cities around the world.
○The speeches will be followed by presentations of design experts from 20 global cities and Korea regarding human-centered urban design experiences. The presentations will be very valuable too in the sense that the speakers will share urgent problems faced by their cities and specific examples of their cities’ approaches to challenge through creative design and improve their fellow citizens’ quality of life. Their input will be inspiring to citizens of Seoul, aspiring to build a human city as they will learn about various leading global cities’ attempts resolving their urban issues based on their unique situations and cultural characteristics.
○The second day discussions about various cities’ human-centered design experiences will be carried out in three sessions. The first one entitled “Design for Sustainable Cities” will feature experiences of nine global cities that are striving to transform their cities into human-centered environments, recover their urban vitality, improve their urban environments, and develop their cities into citizen-friendly sustainable places.
○The second session entitled “Design Think Tanks and Resolution of Social Problems” will feature seven cities’ experiences. A trial error in urban design results in huge loss in time and money, not to mention significant inconvenience on the part for citizens. Therefore, the presentations will focus on the introduction of efforts of various cities to increase their success rate in the application of new urban design approaches through the conduct of in-depth research, and the adoption of customized methods to their unique conditions.
○The third session entitled “Urban Creativity and Citizen Participation” will be based on the philosophy that citizens’ happiness can be secured by a social atmosphere promoting citizens’ diversity and creativity, combined with citizens’ active participation in the resolution of their community issues. The session will feature a total of nine presentations on the experiences of various global cities, including London of United Kingdom by Frank Van Hasselt who will talk about Maker Mile, the successful community making project in London.
□Meanwhile, ‘Seoul Design Cloud’ is a design communication including Seoul Design Week, Seoul Fashion Week, and Seoul Upcycling Week to be held for 10 days from September 17 (Monday) to 26 (Wednesday) at DDP in Seoul. Seoul Design Cloud is a participatory design event aimed at promoting the development of DDP celebrating its 4th anniversary in 2018. Under the theme of ‘design cloud,’ Seoul Design Cloud features diverse programs including conferences, exhibitions, marketplaces, events, and contests.
□Seoul Design Cloud is open to citizens who can participate for free with pre-registration. For further details, visit the DDP website (www.ddp.or.kr) or call PR officers of Seoul Design Cloud at 02-2096-0092/0135.
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[Attachment 1] Poster for Seoul Design Cloud 2018
[Attachment 2] Poster for Sustainable Human City Design Conference 2018
[Attachment 3] Profiles of Main Speakers at Sustainable Human City Design Conference
The Museum of Modern Art
Senior Curator and Director of Research & Developmen
|The world's leading design expert, Paola Antonelli was rated one of the top 100 most influential people in the world of art by ‘Art Review.’ She has been serving as the senior curator of the Department of Architecture & Design at MoMA, NYC since 1994. She received tremendous praise for “Humble Masterpieces” that she organized, among others. She organized various architecture & design exhibitions in her home country Italy, France, Japan and more. Most notably, she currently works as a guest editor for DOMUS and a design editor for Abitare. She also teaches at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her publications include "Objects of Design" and "Safe: Design Takes on Risk." She has held numerous shows and lectures worldwide. She served as a judge at numerous international architecture and design competitions. In her October 2017 exhibition entitled “Items: Is Fashion Modern”; she explored 111 items of clothing and accessories that has strong impact in the world for the past 100 years, receiving very positive reviews. She is currently preparing for the Milan Triennale to be held in March next year. She is also working on new design theories. |
“Human, Design and City”
ⓒ B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio
B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio
Founding Partner, Principal Architect
|The world's leading design expert, Paola Antonelli was rated one of the top 100 most influential people in the world of art by ‘Art Review.’ She has been serving as the senior curator of the Department of Architecture & Design at MoMA, NYC since 1994. She received tremendous praise for “Humble Masterpieces” that she organized, among others. She organized various architecture & design exhibitions in her home country Italy, France, Japan and more. Most notably, she currently works as a guest editor for DOMUS and a design editor for Abitare. She also teaches at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her publications include "Objects of Design" and "Safe: Design Takes on Risk." She has held numerous shows and lectures worldwide. She served as a judge at numerous international architecture and design competitions. In her October 2017 exhibition entitled “Items: Is Fashion Modern”; she explored 111 items of clothing and accessories that has strong impact in the world for the past 100 years, receiving very positive reviews. She is currently preparing for the Milan Triennale to be held in March next year. She is also working on new design theories.|
“Human, Design and City”
ⓒ B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio
Cité du design and ESADSE
Head of International affairs
|“Human Cities Network Activity Background and Significance of Human-Centered Urban Design”|
Nagoya, UNESCO City of Design Organizing Committee
|“Asian Urban Environment and Human Cities”|
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