Rio de Janeiro City
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay,
announced the designation of the city of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
as World Capital of Architecture for 2020, in the presence of
Marcello Crivella, Mayor of the city, and Thomas Vonier,
President of the International Union of Architects (UIA), on
Friday, 18 January at 12, noon, at UNESCO’s Headquarters.
In keeping with UNESCO’s recent partnership agreement with the
UIA, UNESCO, is to designate the World Capital of Architecture,
which is also to host the UIA’s World Congress, an event that
takes place every three years. The World Capital of Architecture
will thus become an international forum for debates about
pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture,
cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.
As the first World Capital of Architecture, Rio de Janeiro will
hold a series of events under the theme “All the worlds. Just
one world,” and promote the internationally agreed 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development’s 11th Goal: “Make cities and human
settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”
UNESCO, the UIA and local institutions will organize activities
to promote projects involving architects and urban planners as
well as policy makers, social institutions and professionals
from other sectors including artists and writer in an open and
creative space of dialogue and innovation.