UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen 2023 promotes the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a sustainable future for all.

In April 2019, at the Steering Committee meeting of the UIA Commission on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Dhaka, Bangladesh, UIA the International Union of Architects adopted the Dhaka Declaration on the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Dhaka Declaration encourages architects and all other professionals to take action in their own practices.

The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet and define the challenges we need to address in order to achieve a sustainable future for all.

The Goals are an urgent call and provide reason for hope in addressing the global problems people and architects are facing together – they acknowledge the complexity, they are interconnected and they apply to all. The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals require us to come together at all levels and to leave no one behind.

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institution
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Under the encompassing title “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”, the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen 2023 is aiming at making architecture a central aid in achieving the Goals by 2030.

UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen 2023 invites you to submit your realised sustainable architecture’s projects along with a short description to join the case studies and become an inspiration to others in how architecture can contribute to the realisation of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals define the challenges we need to address in order to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Courtesy: UIA World Congress of Architects 2023 Copenhagen

They have just published their 2nd sustainable architecture guidebookArchitecture guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” featuring examples of sustainable architectures from some of the most renowned architecture firms from Denmark such as BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, EFFEKT, COBE, C.F. Møller Architects, NORD Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, and many other projects from famous International firms such as HKS Architects, Gehry Partners, Brooks + Scarpa, Sweco, Reiulf Ramstad Architects, TAMassociati, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Shigeru Ban Architects and Monk Mackenzie Architects. Their ambition is to expand the collection of case studies with additional architectural cases from all over the world!

As Chief Editor Natalie Mossin says, “this book is dedicated to the architecture students who will shape the future of architecture, planning and design; to the politicians who will aid them by understanding the intersections between architecture and the Goals; and to all citizens, professionals and institutions who join in the collective challenge ahead – to address social needs while protecting the planet.”

The guides have both 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 funded by The Dreyer Foundation. The guides are available on their website’s dedicated pages.

As Italians, we are asking ourselves which is the part played by Italy in this Industry? No excellent projects featured and just one architecture firm involved in this challenge. This is not enough…

Since the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen 2023 aims at making architecture a central tool in achieving the Goals by 2030 they are inviting all the architects to >>> get involved <<< and submit their best projects and best practices that can contribute to achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by writing to the Organisation (follow the link).