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The architectural legacy in Copenhagen is strong and all-pervading. But also more relevant than ever, as the city will be UNESCO-UIA - World Capital of Architecture in 2023.

Copenhagen has been awarded  UNESCO-UIA - World Capital of Architecture in recognition of its strong legacy within architecture and innovative urban development, along with its high ambitions on climate, sustainability solutions, and liveability.

It’s no coincidence since Copenhagen is home to some heavy hitters on the global architectural scene. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is probably the most celebrated in recent years, but let’s not forget Henning Larsen Architects, Cobe, Gehl Architects, C.F. Møller, 3XN, Lendager Group, Dissing & Weitling, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Dorthe Mandrup, and many more. 

Get the low down on Copenhagen’s world-class architecture and how to experience it firsthand

What is the recipe for becoming a World Capital of Architecture?

Creativity, craftsmanship and democracy are all elements that for decades have helped position Denmark as a frontrunner in architecture that improves lives.

UIA World Congress of Architects

World Capital of Architecture is an offshoot of another great event next year; the UIA World Congress of Architects which takes place on 2-6 July 2023. This congress is expected to attract over 10,000 delegates including architects, city developers and other professionals from the international building sector. Titled ‘Sustainable Futures - Leave No One Behind’, the congress has a clear goal to promote, discuss, create and showcase architecture as a vital tool to achieve the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
 
(The UIA has just launched their preliminary programme and with an impressive lineup of speakers, it bodes very well for the congress. Here you can see the preliminary programme.

Sluseholmen harbour bath

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Sustainability, the good life and architecture

Water, light, green spaces and innovative thinking are key elements in Copenhagen’s architectural development and a crucial part of obtaining a combination of sustainable actions with a high quality of life.

More about World Capital of Architecture

Read more about what it means to be the World Capital of Architecture and what you can expect in Copenhagen in 2023.

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