The UIA2023CPH Science Track explores the synergetic potentials of architecture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how these can contribute more effectively to the sustainable transition of our societies.

The UIA 2023 Copenhagen Science Track gathers some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields, and tries to find answers to some of the burning questions affecting architecture and sustainability today.

The overarching goal of the UIA2023CPH Science Track is to foster the knowledge needed for architecture and the built environment to understand, build and fulfil its active role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs, sustainability has successfully been brought onto the agenda globally. With only ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals it is clear that real action must take place now.

With the Dhaka Declaration the UIA has committed to help achieve the SDGs through the built environment. UIA 2023 Copenhagen World Congress has dedicated its programme to articulate the profound agency architecture has in shaping our societies; securing human and non-human wellbeing, shaping behavior and innovating practice to enable a sustainable, equitable and inclusive future for all.

The UIA2023CPH Science Track fosters new research and knowledge exchange across the breadth of architectural research and practice with the aim to provoke new perspectives and concrete actions.

Together we ask:

  • How does the built environment best adapt and develop for a sustainable, equitable and inclusive future for all?
  • How do these perspectives impact on current practices, modes of thinking, research and development?
  • How can the implementation and recognitionof the SDGs be strengthened though the remit of architecture?


What are the right questions to ask for architecture and the built environment to best adapt and develop for future scenarios?

The UIA2023CPH Science Track brings together otherwise fragmented knowledges across the breadth of architecture’s research and practices with the aim to generate exchanges and provoke new perspectives.

How do these perspectives impact on current practices, modes of thinking, research and development? And how can the implementation and identification of all relevant SDGs be strengthened when working with architecture?

These overarching challenges are investigated by the UIA2023CPH Science Track through the six Science Panels, bringing research and knowledge exchange to the centre stage. A Scientific Committe has been appointed to drive and rigorously inform the investigations.

  • Panel 1: Design for Climate Adaptation
  • Panel 2: Design for Rethinking Resources
  • Panel 3: Design for Resilient Communities
  • Panel 4: Design for Health
  • Panel 5: Design for Inclusivity
  • Panel 6: Design for Partnerships of Change

The work of the UIA2023CPH Science Track has already begun and will lead to several events and participatory invitations in the time leading up to the UIA World Congress in Copenhagen in 2023, helping the urgent conversation on architecture and sustainable development grow.


The Scientific Committee has planned a series of events leading up to the UIA 2023 World Congress. Follow the link below and read more about the events.



Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind.

Copenhagen has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world and is aiming to become the world’s most cycling-friendly city. As site for the world congress Copenhagen provides a unique combination of culture, tolerance, global connectivity, well-functioning public transport, green spaces, and high-quality architecture.

Copenhagen, Denmark