The International Union of Architects (UIA) marked World Architecture Day on 5 October 2020 by organising a webinar to discuss this year’s theme: “Toward a better urban future”.
Created by the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 1985, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October in parallel with UN World Habitat Day, for which the theme this year is “Housing for All: A better Urban Future”. By choosing a different theme each year, this world day seeks to draw the attention of professionals as well as the public to problems concerning cities and habitat.
The World Architecture Day (WAD) webinar was moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and Secretary General Serban Tiganas. It began with a virtual roundtable moderated by Thomas Vonier with the participation of UN-Habitat Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Victor Kisob, UNESCO World Heritage Centre Deputy Director Jyoti Hosagrahar (representing UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Ernesto Ottone who had been announced but was not able to attend) and Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Architect at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
The roundtable was followed by 6 panels of global experts discussing the contributions architects and professionals in related fields can make to the following challenges facing today’s cities: Water and Sanitation, Public Spaces, Air Quality, Housing and the contribution to the realisation of the UN SDGs.
View a recording of the webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMPUv0leMLA