Rio de Janeiro is Hosting the World Congress of Architects in 2020

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In 2020, Rio de Janeiro will host the 27th World Congress of Architects, the “UIA 2020 Rio”, one of the world's most important architecture forums. “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21” is the promising event´s topic and aims to reflect contemporary issues and the variety of architectural designs and planning in urban areas as well as to promote the reintegration of the role of the architect in the social context. The event is organized by the UIA, the International Union of Architects and the IAB, the Architects Institute of Brazil and will take place from July 19th to 26th, 2020.

The congress will be the largest event in Rio de Janeiro since the Olympics. It is expected to receive about 20,000 architects from around the world. For the first time, the congress - which is held since 1948 - has the intent to take it also to the streets of the host city in order to make it accessible to larger public. Activities and exhibitions will happen in important architectural and public places, such as the Rio Branco Avenue, Flamengo Beach and Aterro Park, the Ministry of Education and Public Health, and Maracanãzinho, an indoor arena next to the Maracanã stadium.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, one of Brazil’s most recognized living architects, was recently invited to preside the honorary committee, which includes also further outstanding culture and architecture professionals and public personalities.

Rio de Janeiro is also about to become the first World Capital of Architecture in 2020. Achieving this title is part of the program proposed by the city of Rio de Janeiro and by the IAB. After UIA approved the city’s nomination in May of this year, the UNESCO is expected to formally grant the seal of approval in the next months. The title's aim is to foster appreciation for the cultural and architectural heritage and the consciousness for the necessity to also protect it.

Due to the congress, and its preparation from now on, the city of Rio has the opportunity to discuss current urban themes in all its facets, acknowledging the city’s architectural, historical and cultural heritage. It is also an opportunity for reflection on its urban future identifying goals agreed with UNESCO and the UN for 2025 and 2030 milestones. Those goals address not only the city of Rio, but also the country’s urban structures in its entirety. 

Unlike the controversial outcomes of the two recent mega events, the World Cup and the Olympics, there are now big expectations that the city and its inhabitants take the initiative to benefit from this opportunity being again in the spotlight of the world’s attention. Insight Architecture will be offering professionally guided architecture tours with special topics in the city of Rio de Janeiro during the congress.

October 4th, 2018

Uli RentschlerComment