Sustainable Futures
- leave
no one
behind

Our goal is to promote, discuss, develop and showcase architecture as a crucial tool to achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We will share good solutions and ensure that the 17 Goals are inseparable and interlinked. We must start now, and we must include everyone. In this sense, the UIA World Congress of Architects in 2023 has already begun, and you are invited to join by sharing your best solutions.

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CASE STUDIES The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion, Norway
CASE STUDIES The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion, Norway

The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals define the challenges we need to address in order to achieve a sustainable future for all. The Goals provide reason for hope in addressing the global problems we face together – they acknowledge the complexity, they are interconnected and they apply to all. The Goals require us to come together at all levels and to leave no one behind.

For the first time, a UIA World Congress of Architects will be held in a Nordic country, and Copenhagen, Denmark, is honoured to host the Congress in 2023. Under the overarching title “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”, the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen in 2023 aims at making architecture a central tool in achieving the Goals and establishing global sustainability practices across all architectural disciplines by 2030.

Copenhagen ranks as one of the most liveable and loveable cities in the world and is aiming to keep this title. As host for the UIA World Congress, Copenhagen provides a unique combination of culture, tolerance, global connectivity, well-functioning public transport, green spaces and high-quality architecture.

How can
architecture
contribute to
the 17 UN Goals?

Architectural solutions are already here, everywhere, contributing to sustainable communities and quality of life. However, the built environment is also a part of the current challenges – a major consumer of energy and natural resources, and producer of waste. 

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CASE STUDIES Øvre Forsland Hydropower Plant, Norway
CASE STUDIES Øvre Forsland Hydropower Plant, Norway
CASE STUDIES The Wadden Sea Centre, Denmark

Architecture
that contributes to
the 17 UN Goals

CASE STUDIES The Wadden Sea Centre, Denmark

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The ambition is to expand the case studies with more architectural cases from all over the world. We invite you to submit your realised project with a short description to join the case collection. 

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Science Mapping: Sustainable Architecture

Our science mappings assemble a both international and Danish overview of research within the field of sustainable architecture. Globally, the efforts for sustainable development vary greatly depending on site-specific differences like geographical location, climate, inequality and social relationships. It is important to look at all the diverse ways architecture can be used as a driver for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; these mappings work to inspire new ideas and collaborations, and to re-think what architecture can be.

These are the second versions of the mappings. They will be updated as we collect more information on people working within the field of sustainable architecture. Any questions should be directed to sciencetrack@uia2023cph.org

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