The 2017 UIA World Congress of Architecture was hosted by the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects (FIKA) in Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Seoul was designated Creative City of Design by UNESCO, in light of Seoul’s abundant cultural heritage and creative policies supporting the development of architecture.
The Congress theme, ‘Soul of City’, was derived from the unique features of Seoul and its long history from the prehistoric era to the present day. The Congress addressed advanced technologies as well as the integration of natural elements, such as rivers, streams and mountains into urban contexts. Central themes of the Congress were cultural heritage, sustainability and technology.