27th World Congress of Architects UIA2020RIO, International Union of Architects Event 2020 News
27th World Congress of Architects – UIA2020RIO
12 Feb 2021
UIA2021RIO – New Hybrid Format Ensures Global Reach and Access
This year’s UIA2021RIO World Congress of Architects—the planet’s largest international gathering of architects—will combine virtual sessions with live, on-site events. Given the varied and ever-changing travel restrictions across the world, Congress participants who cannot be in Rio de Janeiro will now be able to enjoy full access to a virtual Congress, including presentations by eminent speakers, live ceremonies, multiple seminars and workshops, exhibitions, design competitions, film series, and many other digital and live events.
“Combining digital broadcasts with live events allows us to maintain the scope and magnitude of the Congress, while greatly expanding access to its content,” said Sérgio Magalhães, president of the Congress executive committee. “The digital and physical worlds have become contiguous and complementary,” added Thomas Vonier, president of the International Union of Architects, noting that “the hybrid format will enrich the Congress, with digital broadcasts from March onward, and live, in-person events from July 18 – 22 in Rio.”
In the months leading up to the Congress, international speakers and seminars will delve into the Congress theme All the Worlds. Just One World. Architecture 21. The month of March will focus on the sub-theme, Weaknesses and Inequalities, with discussions on social inclusion, definitions of the urban periphery, and a spotlight on favela architecture. The Congress will take up additional sub-themes in subsequent months.
According to Nivaldo Andrade, IAB (Institute of Architects of Brazil) Vice President of Relations UIA2021RIO, “the Executive Committee, together with its partners and stakeholders, has done its utmost to create the most outstanding World Congress of Architects in recent times”. He adds that a parallel digital programme is the best way to ensure access to valuable content for all.
The underlying themes of the Congress – the quest for solutions leading to a fairer and better-balanced world – address the major issues facing humankind and the planet, demonstrating how architecture and urban design can help to improve society and the environment.
17 July 2020
UIA 27th World Congress of Architects News
In statements and interviews, participants in the 27th World Congress of architects open the discussion on the future of cities.
Francis Kéré, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Zaida Muxi and Oskar Metsavaht are among those who recorded videos for a special UIA2021RIO programme next week
Transferred to July 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 27th World Congress of Architects is already organising virtual discussions. The idea is to establish an open, collaborative programme fostering reflections and proposals responding to the contemporary challenges raised by cities.
The countdown to the event begins next week, with the publication of special content in the UIA2021RIO social networks, with videos featuring statements and interviews with speakers, contributors and partners. They talk about the impact of the pandemic, what could be altered in city configurations, and what architects and urban planners should contribute to society.
Miguel Pinto Guimarães interviews Francis Kéré
A leading name in the modern world, African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is one of the participants in the special programme for the week. Interviewed by fellow architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães, their conversation will be released in the UIA2021RIO networks on Thursday, July 23.
Born in Burkina Faso, Kéré has proven an agent for social transformation in his home continent. His designs blend traditional construction materials and methods, with community participation.
Confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 27th World Congress of Architects, during this interview Kéré outlines his view of the world in the current context, talking about his activities in countries as different as Mali, Yemen, China and the USA.
The winner of several international architecture prizes, including the Aga Khan Award for Achitecture, the Global Holcim Award, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award and the Schelling Architecture Award, Diébédo Francis Kéré was included for the first time this year on the Architectural Digest list of the world’s most influential architects and interior designers: AD100 2020.
With projects implemented in Brazil and elsewhere in the world, Rio-born architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães guides the conversation through his studies of traditional peoples and the harmonisation of architecture with natural landscapes, climate and plantlife. He is also confirmed as a speaker at UIA2021RIO.
July 19 – 23
25 Mar 2020
UIA World Congress of Architects News
Forecast to attract 20,000 Attendees, the World Congress of Architects is postponed.
The International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) announce that the 27th World Congress of Architects – UIA2020RIO will be postponed.
Initially scheduled for July 19 – 23, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, it will now be held on July 18 – 22, 2021.
This decision was taken jointly with the UIA2020RIO Executive Committee, after carefully analysing the situation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This raised a series of stumbling-blocks (consisting mainly of health threats) for the vast majority of the countries that would otherwise have attended the world’s largest Architecture event.
With attendees already signed up from more than sixty countries, this Conference also has some fifty speakers and seven keynote speakers from seventeen countries. The original expectations were that this event would attract between 15,000 and 20,000 participants to Rio de Janeiro in 2020, ranking it as one of the largest business events in the city this year.
The many pre-Congress events – including exhibitions, seminars, lectures and other occasions – will be rescheduled as soon as permitted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The situation in which we are living is dramatic, and it is a pity that we have to postpone our largest event. But we here at the UIA and the team preparing the UIA2020RIO in Brazil are firmly committed to repeating the preparations, in order to ensure that we hold one of our most memorable Congresses in 2021. This coronavirus crisis raises new issues and contexts for Architecture and Urban Planning that must be discussed in some depth,” says Thomas Vonier, who chairs the International Union of Architects.
All registrations and enrolments will remain valid for the new event dates, and the programme drawn up for the 27th World Congress of Architects will remain unchanged.
One of the main issues – Urban Health – tabled for discussion at UIA2020RIO under the coordination of the UIA Public Health Group (PHG) should become even more significant, encompassing discussions on Architecture and Urban Planning responding to the needs resulting from epidemics such as that caused by the coronavirus.
“Already a major theme at UIA2020RIO, discussions of Urban Health now take on a new dimension. We have much to discuss, ranging from hospital designs through to basic sanitation projects, and including discussions of urban spaces during epidemics. Without the slightest doubt, Architecture and Urban Planning have much to contribute to the sustainable development of our cities, as they face these new challenges,” commented Sérgio Magalhães, who chairs the UIA2020RIO Executive Committee.
With this postponement, the Congress will now be held in the Centennial year of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB). Its President Nivaldo Andrade says that “Like Brazil, the Institute looks forward to welcoming practitioners from all over the world on an occasion that is so important to this entity.”
UIA2020RIO – 27º Congresso Mundial de Arquitetos, de 19 a 23 de julho no Rio de Janeiro
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Brazilian Architecture Designs – chronological list
Museum of Tomorrow
Design: Santiago Calatrava architect
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Museum of Tomorrow Rio de Janeiro
Riba in Leblon, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Design: SuperLimão Studio + André Piva Arquitetura with Laika Design
photograph : Anna Fischer
Rio de Janeiro Bar Design
Casa Italia for the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro
Interior design: Claudia Pignatale / Secondome with Edra
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Casa Italia 2016 Olympics
Urca Penthouse, Rio de Janeiro
Architect: Studio Arthur Casas
photograph : Fernando Guerra
New Penthouse in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Architecture Walking Tours, Brasil, by e-architect
Sustainable Design : article by Trevor Tucker. 15 Sep 2009
Bill Dunster Architects / ZED Factory
Sustainable Architecture Design : article by Trevor Tucker. 18 Aug 2009
Sustainable Buildings : Brief informal discussion re some of the issues
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