The Danish capital Copenhagen will be the next World Capital of Architecture in 2023.
The World Capital of Architecture is designated triennially by UNESCO on the recommendation of the Internatioanl Union of Architects (UIA) and is the host city of the UIA’s world congress.
“We are very happy to see the torch of the World Capital of Architecture title pass to Copenhagen from Rio de Janeiro,” said Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO. “The inaugural World Capital of Architecture in Rio was a real success, underlining the important role of urban planning, notably in the pandemic context.
“Copenhagen will build upon Rio’s achievements, by continuing to show the way in which architecture and culture can respond to the challenges of our time, especially in the environmental field.”
The city of Copenhagen will host a series of major events and programs themed “sustainable futures – leave no one behind.” It will work with the Danish Association of Architects and other Nordic professional associations to examine how architecture and urban design can contribute to meeting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Rio de Janeiro was designated the 2020 World Capital of Architecture in 2019, chosen over competing cities Melbourne and Paris. It is hosting the World Congress of Architecture online from 18 to 22 July 2021.
Barcelona and Beijing are vying to be the World Capital of Architecture in 2026.
The World Capital of Architecture initiative was launched by UIA and UNESCO to highlight the role of architecture, city planning, and culture in shaping urban identity and sustainable development.
“This is a chance for ordinary people and world leaders to see the value of design in everyday lives,” said UIA president Thomas Vonier. “Our partnership with UNESCO reinforces the place of architecture and urban design in advancing cultural values and influences in society, so sorely needed in today’s world. Architects can see the world both as it is —and as it could be.”
Source: Architecture - architectureau