How can
architecture
contribute to
the UN 17 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. Architecture, in every scale from design, to city planning and landscape, interact with every Goal. Not just as future potential, but through existing designs, buildings, cities and landscapes all over the world.

View over Copenhagen, photography by Daniel Rasmussen
View over Copenhagen, photography by Daniel Rasmussen

Architecture represents both an enormous potential and responsibility. How we think and develop architecture can determine the impact on climate change, the access to natural resources, the fundamental conditions for biodiversity and the quality of life for people. Our responsibility is to incorporate The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals into all our architectural practices, using what we know, working together and challenging the existing.

The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Architectural case studies

The architectural case studies give examples of how the built environment interacts with each Goal. All cases are realized architectural projects, planning initiatives, structures and designs. In the case studies each case is connected to one Goal. In reality many of the cases address more than one goal. The purpose of the case studies is to form a basis of understanding of how architecture can contribute to achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

All case studies
CASE STUDIES Tingbjerg Library and Culture House, Denmark
CASE STUDIES Tingbjerg Library and Culture House, Denmark

The ambition is to expand the case studies with more architectural cases from all over the world over time. We invite you to submit your realized project with a short description to join the case studies and become an inspiration to others in how architecture can contribute to the realization of the Goals. There is not one answer to that. But we can gather what we know, learn from others and challenge what we do.

Location of the current case studies
Location of the current case studies

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