The Danish capital of Copenhagen will be the World Capital of Architecture in 2023; a title assigned by UNESCO to the host city of the International Architectural Association UIA’s World Congress. 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’. Copenhagen will be the host city for the 28th World Congress of Architects, convened by the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 2023. By hosting the World Congress, 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. Between 10,000 and 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, themed Design for a Sustainable Future
Rio de Janeiro, host city of the 2021 World Congress, will begin its (delayed) reign as the inaugural World Capital of Architecture starting next year. The 27th World Congress in Rio, to be held this July, was pushed back to July 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The first World Congress was first held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, and has since taken place in a diverse range of cities throughout the decades including Moscow (1958), Prague (1967), Mexico City (1978), Cairo (1985), Beijing (1999), Berlin (2002), and Seoul (2017). The UIA World Congress has only convened once in the United States, in Chicago, in 1993. The 2023 World Congress in Copenhagen will mark the first time the event has been hosted by a Nordic city.
Copenhagen will be the second UNESCO World Capital of Architecture. The designation is a relatively new one established in 2019 by UNESCO in partnership with the UIA to coincide with the long-running global event, held triennially by the United Nations-recognized, non-governmental organization.