The Union of International Architects (UIA) has named Copenhagen, Denmark the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture 2030. The UIA also announced would host the 28th Annual World Congress of Architecture in the Danish capital that same year. The title is a part of an initiative by UNESCO and the UIA to foster synergy between culture and architecture, and is assigned to coincide with the UIA’s World Congress, every three years. The inaugural World Congress of Architecture was first held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, and has since taken place in cities such as Beijing (1999), Berlin (2002), and Seoul (2017). Copenhagen is first Scandinavian city to host the event. Copenhagen’s “unique combination of culture, tolerance, green spaces, and high-quality architecture” have earned it the title of “one of the most liveable cities in the world.” Copenhagen moreover is home to many world-renowned architecture firms including BIG, Henning Larsen Architects, Gehl Architects, C.F. Møller, 3XN, and many others, as well as has been widely praised for its sustainable urban initiatives and projects. The city aims to become carbon neutral by 2025. Themed, “Sustainable futures – Leave no one behind,” the 2023 World Congress of Architecture is expected to attract more than 10.000 delegates from around the world.
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