Following a recommendation by the International Union of Architects’ general assembly, heritage organisation Unesco has listed the Danish capital of Copenhagen as the world capital of architecture in 2023.
Taking place every three years, the world capital of architecture highlights a sustainable urban development with a focus on architecture, city planning and culture.
Copenhagen’s win will inspire discussions on contemporary urban planning and architectural issues, hosting events and programmes on the theme "Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind", in co-operation with the Danish Association of Architects and other local organisations.
In 2020, Unesco named Rio de Janeiro as the Capital of Architecture.
Audrey Azoulay, Unesco’s director general, said: "We are very happy to see the torch pass to Copenhagen from Rio de Janeiro. The inaugural World Capital of Architecture in Rio was a real success, underlining the important role of urban planning, notably in the pandemic context.
"Copenhagen will build upon Rio’s achievements, by continuing to show the way in which architecture and culture can respond to the challenges of our time, especially in the environmental field."
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