Copenhagen (CPH in short) is a city that mixes a green mindset with ingenuity and fun. The city has a strong legacy within architecture and innovative urban development, along with its high ambitions on climate, sustainability solutions and livability.

Danish architecture is known for its focus on the human scale and its democratic approach, as well as its unique modern buildings that include a power plant with a ski slope on its roof called CopenHill, a bike-first urban design consisting of the bicycle snake bridge, and not to mention floating harbour swimming pools, rooftop restaurants and recreation areas, and innovative residential buildings. This makes it the ideal background for the 28th UIA World Congress of Architects, which brings professionals from the whole built environment together for 4 days to create a more sustainable future – for everyone.


The City of Copenhagen celebrates this legacy and is titled UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture 2023.

During the year of architecture, Copenhagen will showcase sustainable developments and city planning solutions, engaging, and delighting visitors and the public with inspiring events and experiences all year round.

UNESCO and UIA – International Union of Architects launched the World Capital of Architecture initiative, selecting a host city for the World Congress of Architects, to highlight the importance of architecture, city planning, and culture in shaping urban identity and sustainable urban development.


It’s summer in this part of the world during the World Congress and if you have the opportunity, stay longer.

Make sure to book your stay well in advance. Copenhagen is a popular tourist destination, but also has many accommodation options (We will share some great options her on the site in the coming weeks).

Denmark is a beautiful, but small country. It means you can get anywhere in maximum six hours – from the top of Jutland in the northwest to the island of Bornholm in the southeast. All cities can be reached by bus, train and car within 1 to 4 hours from Copenhagen. They are great places to enjoy architecture and some rest after the Congress.

Photo by: Martin Heiberg
Photo by: Rasmus Hjortshøj


Scandinavia and the Nordics are both close in geography and culture as well as wide-ranging in sights and nature. From the wide open areas and beaches of Denmark, to the mountains of Norway, the deep forests of Sweden, and the majestic lakes of Finland, the Nordics have exceptional nature and modern cities to explore, including interesting architecture.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, the strikingly stark nature of Greenland, the volcanic majesty of Iceland and the beautiful green mountains of the Faroe Islands hold experiences and adventures that are unique and astonishing.

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