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Seoul 2011 Public Design Competition

The Seoul Metropolitan Government endeavors to implement a communication- and empathy-based administration with a view to growing Seoul, a UNESCO City of Design, into one of the world’s top 5 cities.

As an effort to make Seoul an attractive place to visit, work, live and invest, the 2011 Public Design Competition has been organized. Your sparkling idea will contribute to establishing an enjoyable urban environment.

Anyone with an interest in Seoul, regardless of nationality or residence is eligible.


The theme of the Seoul 2011 Public Design Competition is: design that offers pleasure and convenience for users.

Ideas are accepted in two categories:

  • Category 1: bench or chair
  • Category 2: other public facilities that citizens encounter in their daily routines, including sculptures and recreational and sports amenities

Evaluation criteria

  • Practicality and usability – 40 points
  • Creativity and fun – 25 points
  • Publicly beneficial – 20 points
  • Other features (economic feasibility, safety, functionality, etc.) – 15 points


The following prizes will be awarded in both official categories:

  • Grand Prize (1)
    • 5.0 million won approx. 4,500 USD
    • Trophy, certificate
  • Gold Prize (2)
    • 2.5 million won approx. 2,200 USD
    • Certificate
  • Silver Prize (4)
    • 1.0 million won approx. 900 USD
    • Certificate
  • Bronze Prize (5)
    • 0.5 million won approx. 450 USD
    • Certificate
  • Runner-up (10)
    • 0.3 million won approx. 270 USD
    • Certificate
  • Honorable Mention (30)
    • 0.1 million won approx. 90 USD
    • Certificate


  • Anyone with an interest in Seoul, regardless of nationality or residence is eligible.
  • The Seoul Metropolitan Government shall retain the exclusive ownership of all winning designs.
  • No prize may be awarded at the discretion of the jury.
  • Entries can be made individually or in teams of no more than 2 people.
  • Each participant is allowed to send in a maximum of 2 works per category. Each entry must have a separate application.
  • Submitted materials are not returnable. Applicants shall pay shipping costs.
  • Submissions must be new and original and not have been previously entered in any other contest. Failure to comply with these conditions will lead to immediate disqualification. If plagiarism and other forms of misconduct are proved, prizes will be forfeited.

How to enter?

Submit your application following the official guidelines. The mailing address is included in the guidelines document.

Your application must consist of the following:

Overseas entrants are allowed to use email to submit the data files that have been compressed, instead of mailing a CD-ROM; however, the application form and the presentation board must be mailed directly to the office.