“The community of architects around the world stands in solidarity with Rio, to work together during this unprecedented moment of a global public health crisis. History has shown us that when people around the world work together, humanity prevails.
It is a great honour for me to continue with you to UIA2021RIO. I am sure that, in July 2021, architects from all corners of the world will come together to reflect on the hard-won victory against Covid-19 and to share ideas on how we, architects, can contribute to improving human habitats ”.
Zhang Li (China)
It is almost universally agreed that the world will no longer be the same after the coronavirus. The 27th World Congress of Architects, postponed to July 2021, will be an opportunity for debate and exchange regarding the forms of socio-spatial organisation that would guarantee a healthier existence and more respectful relationship with the planet we occupy. Most of the speakers initially scheduled for the event in 2020 have already responded to the Executive Committee of the World Congress, confirming their participation in 2021 and promising to adapt their content to our current shared global experience.
“It is necessary to rethink how we can inhabit the different spaces for housing, work, commerce, and the public space. Our cities, the urbanisation process with high density populations, many of them with poor conditions, the abandonment of the countryside, among other themes, will be opportunities for much reflection. A lot will have to be rethought and architects can and must make an important contribution,” wrote architect Nuno Sampaio, Executive Director of Casa da Arquitectura, in Portugal.
Sampaio reaffirmed the Casa's interest in organising exhibitions during the Congress and confirmed the participation of Eduardo Souto de Moura, one of the keynote speakers at the event.
Francis Keré, another keynote speaker, also confirmed his participation in July 2021, describing the theme of the World Congress of Architects as “visionary”.
All worlds. One World. Architecture 21.
Sérgio Magalhães, President of the Executive Committee noted that the crisis highlights the interdependence in which the world finds itself. "It asks us about how we organise ourselves on the planet, how we treat the environment and the space we inhabit".
The architect also highlighted the urban nature of the pandemic, related to sanitary conditions, movement of the populations and their integration. "Increasing inequality has no place anymore," he argued.
Italian philosopher Franco Berardi agrees: “The virus is the condition of a mental leap that no political preaching could have managed to generate. Equality has returned to the spotlight. We think of it as the starting point for the future.”
Other testimonials from speakers:
"We are committed to do our utmost to, together with valuable partners like you, make the indispensable journey towards a more desirable tomorrow".
Luiz Alberto Oliveira (Brazil)
“It is really being imposed on us not only to reflect but to act firmly in the field of relations between people, cultures and territories. May a solid, urgent and promising learning experience come from this immense difficulty. The proposed theme for our Congress gains relevance within this global context. I reiterate my willingness to participate in the activities of the Congress next year, thanking you in advance for the new invitation, and, hoping to be able to collaborate in the reflection and action of our profession ”.
Adriana Levisky (Brazil)
"It will be a great pleasure to be able to participate in 2021 and now with more energy than ever in the face of the urgent need to imagine what the world is, and that which we want to build together".
Marta Moreira (Brazil)
“It is wonderful to know that the 27th World Congress of Architects will still take place in Rio de Janeiro. I am looking forward to joining the group in July 2021! ”
J. Yolande Daniels (United States)
“Next year we will have an extremely interesting debate, already facing a new reality, better and less capitalist. I hope!
Lua Nitsche (Brazil)
“We will have another year to work steadily on developing a surprising programme for 2021, with even more content and even more people enthusiastic about bringing architecture to a level of global unity.
Tia Kansara (United Kingdom)
“Certainly, new issues must be incorporated. This convulsion aggravated what was already serious in urban terms, highlighting the planetary scale of the problems ”.
Jorge Mario Jáuregui (Brazil)
“The 27th Congress will certainly be magnified next year, after everyone has learned to go through this difficult and extremely challenging moment.
Fernanda Bárbara (Brazil)