Dominique Perrault, Chair of the World Capital Architecture Organizing Committee, recently gave an interview at UNESCO to present the UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture.
A new initiative, organised alongside the triennial World Congress of Architects, the World Capital of Architecture is a title held by a city for 1 year, during which they organise a programme of events to celebrate architecture and built heritage, as well as to raise awareness about the key issues of architecture today.
The 2020 World Capital of Architecture is Rio de Janeiro. The title, jointly granted to Rio by UNESCO and the UIA, will allow the city to celebrate not only its iconic waterfront and parks, but its extraordinary architectural variety and urban vitality. The City of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) are responsible for the year-long programme, which will include touristic, cultural, educational and scientific events throughout the city leading up to the UIA World Congress in July 2020.