Capture decran 2017 01 26 a 11.47.48Seoul is the laureate of the Lee Kuan Yew City Prize 2018. The capital of South Korea rose from a city crippled by war and economic insecurity to an inclusive, creative and sustainable city over the past few years. 

The Lee Kuan Yew City Prize wishes to honour the strategies adopted by the city as an example for the creation of better urban communities around the world. Seoul achieved its high quality of life by adopting a bold leadership with innovative solutions, to answer the challenges of rapid urbanisation, coupled with a good communication with citizens and stakeholders, which resulted in their active engagement in the city vision and transformation. Along came the use of big data to improve means of transportation for more public spaces and less roads and highways, allowing a great quality of life, and of the innovative repurposing of heritage buildings, to achieve development without demolition.

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All these strategic choices are chosen by the Prize as models, and should inspire cities all over the world. The City is invited to give the Prize on 9 July 2018 at the World Cities Summit, in Marina Bay Sand, 8-12 July 2018

Four Special Mention cities were also awarded for their practices: Hamburg, Germany; Kazan, Russian Federation; Surabaya, Indonesia; Tokyo, Japan.

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