Long known as a pioneer in citizen-centric urban design and sustainability, Copenhagen will be the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023. Chosen in recognition of its strong legacy within architecture and innovative urban development, along with its high ambitions on climate, sustainability solutions and liveability, Copenhagen is only the second city in the world to hold this triennially awarded title, following Rio de Janeiro in 2020. It will use the opportunity to showcase the city’s world-leading architecture, sustainable developments and city planning solutions, engaging, and delighting visitors and the public with inspiring events and experiences in a year-long programme.
Throughout 2023, the city will become a global forum for discussion about architecture and urban planning, with a focus on developing urban solutions that benefit future generations as it hosts the UIA (International Association of Architects) Congress on 2-6 July 2023. This event brings together some 10,000-15,000 key urban planners and architects in discussions around future-focused architecture, sustainable urban solutions, and urban design.
Widely known for its architectural and sustainability prowess, Copenhagen is home to a vast number of world-leading architectural practices including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Henning Larsen Architects, Cobe, Gehl Architects, C.F. Møller, 3XN, Lendager Group, Dissing & Weitling, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Dorthe Mandrup, and many more.
Danish architecture is known for its focus on the human scale and its democratic approach, as well as its unique modern buildings that include a power plant with a ski slope on its roof called CopenHill, bike-first urban design in its Bicycle Snake bridge, not to mention floating harbour swimming pools, rooftop restaurants and recreation areas, and innovative residential buildings.