UIA WORLD CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND
More than 6000 participants from 135 countries, 150 sessions, 250 science papers & 400 speakers – all with 1 goal:
Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind !
Prominent researchers and practitioners across borders and generations discussed how they can design to combat climate change, increase biodiversity and promote social inclusion. The congress concluded with the launch of 10 principles for rapid and radical change in the built environment – titled “The Copenhagen Lessons”.
“The Copenhagen Lessons” consist of 10 principles for a rapid and radical change in the built environment to reach the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs). The congress demonstrated that the architectural solutions are already here, contributing to sustainable communities and quality of life. However, the built environment is also an active part of the current challenges: a major consumer of energy and natural resources, and a producer of waste – and it can have a huge impact on both inequality and public health. The construction industry alone accounts for 40% of global CO2 emissions and 35% of total waste, which calls for urgent action.
“The Sustainable Development Goals define a crucial global agenda, which the built environment must contribute to. How we act on this must be bold – even radical, compared with current practice. With “The Copenhagen Lessons”, we present 10 principles for what that means when we construct, plan and develop the built environment. The health of the planet and basic human needs are on the line, we have no time to waste,”stated Natalie Mossin, President of UIA World Congress of Architects 2023.
01: Dignity and agency for all people is fundamental in architecture, there is no beauty in exclusion.
02: People at risk of being left behind must be accommodated first when we construct, plan, and develop the built environment.
03: Existing built structures must always be reused first.
04: No new development must erase green fields.
05: Natural ecosystems and food production must be sustained regardless of the built context.
06: No virgin mineral material must be used in construction when reuse is possible.
07: No waste must be produced or left behind in construction.
08: When sourcing materials for construction, local renewable materials come first.
09: In everything we build, carbon capture must exceed carbon footprint.
10: When developing, planning, and constructing the built environment, every activity must have a positive impact on water ecosystems and clean water supply.
THE CITY OF COPENHAGEN
The World Congress takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, appointed UNESCO UIA World Capital of Architecture 2023. The whole city will be a vibrant stage of events and invitations to celebrate sustainable urban development – culminating in the World Congress at Bella Center in July. It is a city that mixes green mindset with ingenuity and fun. The city is built for bike rides, the harbour has been repurposed for swimming, parks, gardens and small green oases are sprinkled all over town. Copenhagen offers excellent opportunities to explore the city, whether by foot, bike or wheelchair.