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Rio 2020

Rio 2020

All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21

19 Jul 2020 - 23 Jul 2020

From July 19 - 23 2020, Rio de Janeiro will host the 27th edition of the UIA World Congress of Architects.

The triennial congress is organised under the auspices of the International Union of Architects (UIA), attracting approximately 15,000 participants from around the world. The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) is responsible for organising the Brazilian editon of the congress in 2020. 

RIO2020 UIA is the biggest global event for architecture and urbanism, and its purpose is to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experiences between architects, urbanists, students, urban thinkers, public employees and other interested groups, encouraging new debates and solutions.

The congress will be hosted at Gustavo Capanema Palace. The Capanema Palace (also widely known for its original use, the Ministry of Education and Culture, MEC) is a public building located in the centre of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is considered a landmark in the establishment of Modern Brazilian Architecture, and was designed by a team composed of Lucio Costa, Carlos Leão, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Ernani Vasconcellos and Jorge Machado Moreira, with the consultancy of the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. 

With the theme “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21”, it will deal with sensitive issues related to big cities: infrastructure, construction, housing, mobility, culture and urban planning. The intense agenda of activities will take place mainly in the Center of Rio de Janeiro.

Institutions and cultural sites, such as museums, galleries, squares and venues, will host discussions and exhibitions throughout 2020. Agreements have been made with more than 40 institutions for exhibitions, forums, business expos, talks, workshops, seminars, competitions, projects and networking and social events.

Before the World Congress, 17 - 18 July 2020, the World Forum of Cities will open the official program with the participation of political, entrepreneurial, cultural and social leaders from all over the planet.

Every Brazilian organisation involved in architecture, urbanism and landscaping is supporting the event, as well as the Pan-American Federation of Associations of Architects (FPAA) and the International Council of Architects of Portuguese Language (CIALP).

The call for academic papers and professional projects is now available on the congress website.

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General Secretariat

The UIA General Secretariat, placed under the responsibility of the Secretary General, is the Union's executive body and the administrative centre for the coordination of relations between the UIA Member Sections and their activities.

The General Secretariat assists architects and architecture students in getting into contact with professional colleagues throughout the world, from professional organisations and architectural schools to museums and media.

The General Secretariat helps architects to keep up to date with UIA activities, its partners and Member Sections.

General Secretariat of the International Union of Architects

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