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Congress win for Copenhagen named World Capital of Architecture

Up to 15,000 architects will descend on Copenhagen in 2023 when the Danish capital, renowned for its cutting-edge building design, is named World Capital of Architecture.

Denmark’s capital city will take on the prestigious mantle – bestowed by UNESCO and the Union of International Architects (UIA) – when it hosts the UIA World Congress of Architects.

The title is assigned every three years to coincide with UIA’s World Congress, to help preserve architectural heritage and create new synergies between culture and architecture.

Copenhagen won the bid to host the 2023 World Congress of Architects in 2017 after presenting an ambitious theme focusing on ‘Sustainable futures – Leave no one behind’.

By hosting the World Congress of Architects, Copenhagen will put a strong focus on the role of architecture in sustainable city planning and promote, discuss, develop and showcase architecture as a crucial tool to achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The designation as World Capital of Architecture will help shine a further spotlight on these efforts and will give Copenhagen the opportunity to show the city’s architecture, city planning solutions and sustainable developments to the world throughout the year.

Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen, Kit Lykketoft said: ”I am very proud that Copenhagen will be UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023. It is truly something we are all very excited about. Sustainable architecture and urban planning have long been part of the city’s DNA, and we are really looking forward to welcoming the world’s best architects and showing them firsthand what the city is doing to contribute to the realisation of the UN SDGs in this context.”