CAFx International Manifesto Relay 2023

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) invites you to join a conversation around the International Manifesto Relay, a provocative collection of 45 manifestos from around the world responding to the central question of the UIA2023CPH: How Can Architecture Contribute To Social And Environmental Change?

The International Manifesto Relay encourages us to rethink the role of the architect in the scope of environmental, economic and technological transformations on a global scale, to reflect on the means currently available to become drivers of change. It mobilizes our field to embrace the lived experiences of urban and rural communities, but also to speculate on what a sustainable future for the planet looks like, and to declare how architects will contribute to achieving it.

A powerful tool to put forth ideas, commitments, agendas, visions for a better architecture, from Malaysia to Mauritius, from Portugal to Japan, the manifestos function as a starting point for a topical discussion on the use of language within the architectural discipline, specifically on the meaning, power, and limitations of the key vocabulary used in architecture today.

The plenary debate will engage the researchers and practitioners that contributed to International Manifesto Relay and the panel comprising Martha Thorne, author of the International Manifesto Relay’s preface, and the Chairs of the UIA2023CPH’s Research Panels, authors of the publication’s six introductory texts. The session is opened by Josephine Michau, founder and director of Copenhagen Architecture Festival, and moderated by Federica Sofia Zambeletti, founder and creative director of KoozArch.


Magda Mostafa

Associate Professor of Design, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo

Maibritt Pedersen Zari

Associate Professor, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Christian Benimana

Senior Principal, MASS Design Group, and Director of The African Design Centre

Juan Du

Professor and Dean, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto (CA)

Nabil Mohareb

Associate Professor, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Naja Md. Alwi

Senior Lecturer and researcher in architecture at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Marco Siu

Architect, Deputy Chairperson of the HKIA Planning & Urban Design Committee

Brian Lee

Independent Architectural Designer

Masashi Keino

Architect/President, ATELIER KEINO SHOJI Architect & Associates

Chika Tokoro

Architect/President, ATELIER CK Architect Office

Jun Kanna

Architect / Representative Director, ISSHO Architects


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