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Copenhagen becomes World Capital of Architecture

In 2023, the title as “World Capital of Architecture” will be passed on from Rio de Janeiro to Copenhagen. Under the tagline “Copenhagen in Common”, Denmark’s capital will celebrate the prestigious recognition throughout 2023 with an abundance of architectural events and sustainable showcases across the city.

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UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023 on 2-6 July

The highlight of the year is the International Union of Architects’ UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023 on 2-6 July. This event will bring together thousands of international architects, urban planners and other city stakeholders in discussions around architecture, urban planning and urban solutions.

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Copenhagen’s world-leading architecture scene is the focus of a year-round celebration in 2023. Discover the city’s unique approach to sustainable, citizen-centric urban design and its views on the future of architecture as Copenhagen carries on the torch as UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture in 2023.

Copenhagen was chosen in recognition of its strong legacy within architecture and innovative urban development, along with its high ambitions on climate, sustainability solutions and liveability. Copenhagen is only the second city in the world to hold this triennially awarded title, following Rio de Janeiro in 2020. Under the tagline “Copenhagen in Common”, the Danish capital will host events, experiences and interactive engagements in a year-long programme.

Focusing on sustainable and inclusive cities of the future

The overall theme of the 2023 UIA congress in Copenhagen is “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”. Within this bracket, Copenhagen will focus on a slew of underlying themes, such as climate adaptation, rethinking resources, resilient communities, health, inclusivity, and partnerships for change.

The challenges are urgent and global, and we need to share our knowledge and best practice across borders to reach the scale of action needed. This is what we hope both speakers and delegates will be a part of, at the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023.” – Natalie Mossin, President of UIA World Congress of Architects

The UIA program will present new knowledge and inspiring practices that contribute to sustainability in the built environment, both socially and environmentally. This will be done by focusing on areas such climate adaptation, rethinking resources and resilient communities.

Together with close partners, State of Green has started to prepare a number of side events to be held during the week of the UIA Congress. Congress guests will have the opportunity to experience first-hand urban design, architecture, and sustainable solutions in line with the above-mentioned themes.

Find inspiration in Danish solutions

In Denmark, there is a many good examples on building focusing on climate adaptation, rethinking resources and resilient communities. We have gathered three examples on Danish solutions below:

1. Urban Riggers – A floating example of resilient communitites

Urban Rigger is one example of developing a future fit and resilient way of living. As global sea levels are rising, land and building facing the waterfronts are challenged. By using floating architecture to develop homes and communities near the waterfront, as is the case of Urban Rigger, space is regained and sustainable housing with fresh air, sea view and modern comfort is created.

Read more about Urban Riggers

2. The Remise Park – A green climate adaption solution

The Remise Park in Copenhagen is one of many architectural examples, where climate adaptation has been a fundamental pillar in the development process of the park. With 280 new trees and a delay basin, the park will provide more biodiversity and protection against flooding during heavy storms.

Read more about Remiseparken

3. The Resource Rows – A prime example of rethinking resources

The Resource Rows in Copenhagen is a housing project consisting of 92 flats. Led by Lendager Group, The project demonstrates a radical reuse approach of materials, significantly reducing the construction carbon footprint. The materials span from reused wood and windows to upcycled bricks taken from a demolished Carlsberg brewery, which demonstrates an innovative example of rethinking resources in a construction process.

Read more about The Resource Rows

Facts: UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture in Copenhagen in 2023

  • World Capital of Architecture (WCA) takes place in Copenhagen throughout 2023, as chosen by UNESCO and UIA, the International Association of Architects
  • Touring the world every three years, WCA is an initiative, whereby UNESCO and the UIA have joined forces to develop and debate sustainable urban solutions for the benefit of future generations.
  • WCA falls to the designated city which then commits to be a global forum for discussions on world-pressing challenges through the prisms of culture, heritage, urban planning, and architecture.
  • WCA launches officially in Copenhagen on 17 January 2023 with an event at the City Hall Square and will continue all year with multiple events, open houses, and extra happenings.
  • WCA is part of the 28th UIA World Congress, held in the city on 2-6 July 2023 at the Bella Center Copenhagen, aiming to promote architecture as a tool to reach the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2023 the UIA theme is ‘Sustainable Futures – Leaving no one behind’.
Read more about WCA in Copenhagen

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