SUSTAINBLE ARCHITECTURE:
WHAT DO WE MEAN?

There are many existing solutions that focus on architecture and sustainability.  At the same time, the built environment is also part of the current challenges – a major consumer of energy and natural resources and a producer of waste. Furthermore, how we build, can increase inequalities, and affect health.

Below you will find realised architectural projects, planning initiatives and structures that illustrate how architects and architecture can contribute to the realisation of the Global Goals, the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  There are 22 cases featured with all SDGs included. Let it be an inspiration for a better future.

“Architects can provide basic ideas and proposals for regulations that make it possible to have sustainable cities and communities in the future.”

Mogens Lykketoft
Former Danish Minister of Finance and of Foreign Affairs,
Former President of the UN’s General Assembly,
Ambassador for the Global Goals and for the UIA World Congress.

IN MORE DEPTH:

There are two guidebooks available titled An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 1 and 2.

The architectural case studies featured are examples of how the built environment interacts with each Goal. All cases are realised architectural projects, planning initiatives, structures and designs and 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.

Find here 22 great cases illustrating the 17 SDGS and the virtual version of the guidebooks with many more to explore. 

SELECTED SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE CASES

GUIDEBOOKS

Inspired? Find many more sustainable architecture cases by downloading the guides!

SEND IN A CASE

DO YOU KNOW A GREAT
ARCHITECTURAL CASE?

Contact the UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023 by sending an email to  uia2023cph@uia2023cph.org and let us know of a great case illustrating sustainable architecture. Who knows, maybe we’ll share it on our channels!

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