LIFE&STYLE

Seoul Design Week wraps up this year's 'Smart City' exhibitions

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Oct 5, 2016 - 16:03
  • Updated : Oct 6, 2016 - 08:58
Playing host to roughly 250,000 visitors, this year’s Seoul Design Week came to a close this week, highlighting some of the world’s leading designs in “smart city” technology.

Held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 2 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the annual event hosted by the Seoul Design Foundation was organized under the theme “Smart City, Smart Design, Smart Life.”

“Through this forum we have attempted to address the sudden changes in modern, contemporary living by providing various problem-solving solutions for the world of ‘smart design,’” said Lee Na-mi, director of Seoul Design Week 2016, in a press statement

The 2016 Seoul Design Forum was held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 2 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. (Seoul Design Foundation)

“The Seoul Design Week 2016 was not only about presenting ideas looking to establish comfortable and efficient living, but more a pursuit of a higher quality of life through ideas of design,” the director added.

This year’s featured programs included the Smart Design Smart Life Exhibition 2016, which presented the concept of “Appcessory” as a way of accessing a new smart life through virtual applications; the Smart Mobility International Conference, for discussions and hands-on experience of future transportation systems of Seoul; and the Universal Design Seoul Exhibition, where visitors had the chance to see examples of universal design-related stories applied to people’s everyday lives.

The weeklong design forum also highlighted AGI Open Seoul, a design-related lecture session where members of Alliance Graphique Internationale shared their varying design and architecture philosophies with the public. The AGI Special Project went on to introduce more than 200 works of art created by AGI members under the theme “I Love Seoul,” plus more than 50 pieces made by Korean designers. 

The 2016 Seoul Design Forum was held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 2 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. (Seoul Design Foundation)

The forum included new graphic interpretations and film design productions of Seoul’s new marketing brand featuring the “I.SEOUL.U” logo, which was created in collaboration with AGI Korea.

The city of Seoul has also been selected as a guest city at the ongoing Beijing Design Week, which runs through Thursday. The “Seoul Pavilion” section at Beijing’s Design Week aims to introduce Korean design innovation to international designers and related officials.

By Julie Jackson (juliejackson@heraldcorp.com)