In 2023, 10,000 of the world’s leading architects will travel to Copenhagen to discuss how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals. This will take place at the World Congress of Architects in the capital.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Cementing its position as a leader in sustainable architecture, Copenhagen was named the host city of the prestigious congress in 2023, after presenting an ambitious bid that focused on ‘Sustainable futures’ at this year's congress in Seoul, South Korea.
One of the world’s greatest challenges over the next decade is to build more sustainable cities. By hosting the World Congress of Architects in 2023, Copenhagen aims to address the challenges that stem from urbanisation, as well as the increasing scarcity of resources and climate change.
Together with Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen and Realdania, the Danish Architects Association was instrumental in bringing the congress to Copenhagen.
Organised by the International Union of Architects (UIA), the congress is held every three years and is the biggest of its kind in the field of architecture. This will be the first time that it has been hosted by a Nordic country.
In addition to Wonderful Copenhagen, Realdania and the Danish Architects Association, several key players including BC Hospitality Group, CAP Partner, Rambøll, Velux, BIG, Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassadors and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark have helped secure Denmark’s role as host for the World Congress. The five-day event will be held at Bella Center Copenhagen, which is Copenhagen’s largest conference and meetings venue.
Already known and recognised for its state-of-the-art architecture, Copenhagen is home to some of the world’s leading architecture firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG, Henning Larsen Architects, Gehl Architects, C.F. Møller, 3XN and many more. The city is also one of the world’s most popular convention cities, ranking 4th in total number of participants in ICCA’s 2017 report.