In Copenhagen, sustainable architecture has followed a citizen-centric approach central to the city’s development since the pioneering work of the likes of Jan Gehl in the 1970s, who drew attention to the human scale and put people at the heart of architecture. Danish architects also focus on low carbon materials, energy efficiency, life cycle, cultural change, circular economic thinking and reporting and transparency.
In 2023, the UIA World Congress, held in tandem with Copenhagen holding the title of UNESCO World Capital of Architecture, will focus on sustainability and inclusivity in architecture and the urban environment under the heading ‘Sustainable Futures – Leave no-one behind’. It’s a natural fit for the city’s architects, focused as they are on the sustainable, human-centred and democratic design.
Copenhagen Convention Bureau has a strong sustainable travel focus within the meetings and congress area and a dedicated legacy lab ensuring that events of this type have tangible outcomes. The programme was awarded the GDS innovation award in 2021.