The Guides

Our guidebooks contain examples of sustainable architecture from all around the world
Our guidebooks contain examples of sustainable architecture from all around the world

An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals

There is an abundance of already existing architectural solutions that work to further the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to highlight these deserving projects, we have published two guidebooks titled An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 1 and 2 - both available for download below.

The architectural case studies featured in the guides 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.

The guides have been published in partnership with the Institute of Architecture and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation, the Danish Association of Architects and the UIA Commission on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and they have been funded by The Dreyer Foundation.

The case studies below are the Nordic cases from the first volume of the guidebook.

Note: Several independent translations of the guides are in the works (a Japanese version has already been completed), as well as national architecture guides focusing on the sustainable projects of a specific country. We gladly welcome these publications, and only ask that you get in touch with us so we can discuss the guidelines for using our format and design. You can reach us at: uia2023cph@uia2023cph.org.

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Our ambition is to continually expand the collection of case studies with additional architectural cases from all over the world. We invite you to submit your realized project along 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 only one answer to that. But we can gather what we know, learn from others and challenge what we do.

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