The city of Copenhagen has been officially named UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture for 2023 by the Director-General of UNESCO, on the recommendation of the General Assembly of the International Union of Architects (UIA).
UNESCO and the UIA launched the World Capital of Architecture initiative to highlight the key role of architecture, city planning, and culture in shaping urban identity and sustainable urban development. Every three years, the city designated as World Capital of Architecture becomes a global forum at the forefront of discussions on contemporary urban planning and architectural issues.
Copenhagen has been chosen in recognition of its strong legacy within architecture and innovative urban development, along with its high ambitions on climate, sustainability, and live ability. Copenhagen, The World Capital of Architecture, is only the second city in the world to hold this triennially awarded title, following Rio de Janeiro in 2020.
Danish architecture is known for its focus on the human scale and its democratic approach, as well as its unique modern buildings that include a power plant with a ski slope on its roof called CopenHill, a bike-first urban design consisting of the bicycle snake bridge, and not to mention floating harbor baths, rooftop restaurants and recreation areas, and innovative residential buildings.
Besides, Copenhagen will host a series of major events and programs under the theme “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”. In cooperation with the Danish Association of Architects and various Nordic professional bodies, the municipality will examine how architecture and urban planning contribute to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Copenhagen will even host the World Congress of Architects online in 2023!
Copenhagen – the World Capital of Architecture for 2023, a press release from GDA.
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