How can architects and the building industry contribute to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? It is the starting point for several architecture pavilions – titled the SDG Pavilions.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pavilions are coming to Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The SDG Pavilions are 1:1 experimental projects for the World Capital of Architecture and the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen. The explorative constructions will greet visitors on selected locations in Copenhagen, including the city’s iconic harbor area.

Each pavilion is the result of a collaboration between architects, engineers, material producers, science institutions, associations, and foundations, all working towards asking the right questions when it comes to building for the future, relating to one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

A diverse group of young and established Danish architecture studios have designed the SDG Pavilions, including Schmidt Hammer Lassen, EFFEKT, Architects Without Borders Denmark, ReVærk, LOKAL, Leth & Gori, Rønnow Architects, GXN, FORMA, Terroir, AART, Mangor & Nagel, NOAA Architects, Studio Coquille, Tan & Blixenkrone, ATENASTUDIO, and MAST.

The Raft addresses the challenges that rising sea levels bring to coastal cities and populations, and the loss of underwater biodiversity due to global warming. Designed with special attention to accessibility for people with reduced mobilities to create a space where everyone feels welcome. Render by: Daniella Netrebko

Solutions for the future

Showcasing the latest ideas from Danish architecture studios, the SDG Pavilions are addressing how to live and build with lower Co2 emissions and higher regard for people and the shared environment, including thoughts on communal spaces, materials, health, food and sanitation infrastructures, and climate change.

The project is presented by the Danish Association of Architects and the UIA World Congress of Architects Copenhagen in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen and CPH City & Port Development. The pavilions are created in relation to the World Congress, and present activities to congress guests and visitors throughout the summer to celebrate Copenhagen as the World Capital of Architecture in 2023.

We experience an enormous drive among architects and the rest of the building industry to contribute with new and more sustainable materials, construction methods, housing concepts, etc., and there is a need for us to provide space for experimentation. Together with the City of Copenhagen and CPH City & Port Development, we have therefore made an open invitation to the industry to present their visions for how we can contribute to sustainable development. And especially this year, we have a unique opportunity to show and discuss solutions for the future with professionals and other interested parties who have their eyes fixed on Denmark during the World Capital of Architecture and not least the UIA World Congress of Architects in July.

– Lars Autrup, CEO at the Danish Association of Architects.

Living Places Copenhagen is a concept from the VELUX group on how we can develop sustainable buildings with a three times lower Co2 footprint and a first-class indoor climate. Illustration: EFFEKT Architects.


Accessible to everyone
Just as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals contain a complex mix of goals and sub-goals on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, the SGD Pavilions try to provide answers to a palette of different challenges.

In accordance with the theme of the UIA World Congress “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”, all SGD Pavilions are designed to be accessible to everyone and are built with emphasis on responsible consumption of materials with plans for recycling, reassembly or reuse after the exhibitions.

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