Paris – The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was designated the World Capital of Architecture in 2020 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). headquarters in Paris.
The announcement of the first World Capital of Architecture was made in the presence of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcello Crivella, and Thomas Vonier, President of the International Union of Architects ).
This choice comes as a result of a partnership between UNESCO and the UIA to designate a world architecture capital to host the World Congress of Architects’ Union every three years.
The goal is for the World Architecture Capital to become, by 2020, a forum for debates on global challenges from the perspective of culture, world heritage, urbanism and architecture.
In this sense, Rio de Janeiro will host a series of events under the theme “All the Worlds, One World,” to promote the 11th objective of the 2030 International Agenda for Sustainable Development: “Making cities and agglomerations human, safe, resilient and sustainable. ”
UNESCO, UIA and local institutions will organize activities to promote projects involving architects and town planners, as well as policy makers, social and professional institutions from other sectors, including artists and writers, in a space of creative and innovative dialogue.
A non-governmental organization based in Paris, the International Union of Architects (Union Internationale des Architectes, in French) was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 28, 1948, just after the end of World War II, with the objective of to unite and represent architects from around the world, regardless of nationality, race, religion or architectural choice, and to federate their national organizations.
The UIA – chaired by the American Thomas Vonier – currently brings together professional organizations from 123 countries and territories, representing more than 3.2 million architects worldwide.