After 3 editions in France, the 2019 edition of the Botany for Change award has been exported to Seoul, Korea.
Seoul is the 16th-largest city in the world, with a population of over 10 million. Its car traffic is very dense and adversely affects air quality due to a high concentration of microparticles. Faced with this pollution problem, the public authorities are encouraging an increasing number of projects to improve residents’ quality of life.
Our Botany for Change Award fits perfectly with this approach.
Seoullo 7017, a city landmark, is the equivalent of New York’s High Line. This urban road was partially renovated into a linear park in May 2017. Ten thousand people visit it each day, and this number is expected to grow to forty thousand.
In this context, the city of Seoul decided to turn it into a completely pedestrian area and offer green spaces to inhabitants.
The Botany for Change Award invites the country’s students to design the City Garden of the Future, which will become a permanent part of the park.
What will become the City Garden of the Future
The students’ challenge is to turn a 50 m2 "grey" space, located in the lower section of Seoullo 7017, into a green space. Based on a specifications file, the participants must design an urban garden that represents a blend of creativity, aesthetics and sustainable development.
A panel of experts composed of landscape architects, botanists and designers will choose the best 3 projects. The winning group will have the privilege of installing its City Garden of the Future in the space dedicated to the competition.
The winning groups will be announced on February 25th, 2019 and the winning project will be unveiled to the public and the press in May 2019.