1. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WILL BE THE POSITIVE IMPACT FROM YOUR EVENT?
Our overall ambition is to create what we call ‘The Copenhagen Lessons’ – a contribution from the world of architecture to the fulfilment of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We aim to give recommendations for initiatives and priorities essential for SDG achievement by 2030. When it comes to event-sustainability we hope the impact will be new ways of interacting with the city, giving something back, and taking the next step in social sustainability so no one is left behind also when it comes to taking part in an event.
2. WHAT WILL BE YOURE NEGATIVE FOOTPRINT?
We expect 10-15.000 participants from all over the world, a lot of whom will be flying to Copenhagen. So we are focused on reducing our carbon footprint and will be nudging as many as possible to off-set their flights or to take the train if they are joining from Europe.
3. WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ON WHEN IT COMES TO SUSTAINABILITY?
We have a triple bottom line and believe that climate/environment, economy and social aspects constitute the elements of sustainability. The UN Global Goals gives us a narrative and a framework. The goals are inseparable and interlinked, and every goal is relevant for the fields of architecture, construction and city planning.
With the UN-pledge ‘Leave No One Behind’ as part of our congress title, we are of course paying a lot of attention to the unfolding of the social aspects of sustainability.
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MOST CHALLENGING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE? AND WHAT WILL YOU AIM TO DO ABOUT IT?
Transportation to and from the congress and accommodation during the congress. We hope to make good deals with European railway companies, making travel by train a smooth and comfortable alternative to the airplane, perhaps even including networking arrangements during the journey. We will also offer more sustainable alternatives to a classic hotel-stay, where we match people by interest with local hosts, so you will both have a local guide and be able to substantially minimise your resource-footprint.
5. WHAT WAS THE REASON YOU CHOSE COPENHAGEN AS THE CITY FOR UIA 2023?
Well, there isn’t a venue outside Copenhagen that can host 10-15.000 people, so Copenhagen was both the only and the best choice in attracting the UIA 2023 to Denmark. Copenhagen provides a unique combination of culture, tolerance, global connectivity, well-functioning public transport, green spaces, and high-quality architecture. For years architectural policies have underlined that architecture of Copenhagen has to be generous to the city’s daily life. That’s why you will experience a city with plenty of architectural and landscape highlights – enabling a rich social life.
6. HOW WILL YOU WORK WITH SUSTAINABLE ACCOMMODATION?
One element is focusing on hotels that are working intensely with eco-labelling systems and accessibility for all. And the other element is working with a partner to match our congress participants with local hosts in Copenhagen.