Representatives of international and Brazilian institutions gathered on Monday afternoon, November 4, at City Hall Palace, in Botafogo, to watch a presentation on the World Capital of Architecture 2020. Valéria Hazan, Executive Director of the Organizing Committee Rio 2020, explained the main concepts of the title, designated to Rio de Janeiro by UNESCO and the UIA.
Throughout the year 2020, the city will host a series of events, including the 27th World Congress of Architects, the World Forum of Cities, exhibitions and public tenders. In addition to showcasing Rio de Janeiro’s architectural richness, this title is also an opportunity to reflect on the future and to lay out objectives for cities around the world.
“We are considering what we want for the future of cities. We will have throughout the year 2020 academic and cultural events that will engage the population, not just from Rio, but around the world,” said Valeria.
The meeting was attended by representatives of institutions such as the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO, the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), the Rio Humanity Heritage Institute (IRPH), the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), the UIA 2020 Rio Executive Committee, the Holocaust Memorial Institute, the Municipal Secretariat of Culture and the International Relations Department of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall.
The calendar of activities for 2020 is currently being finalised and will include dozens of academic and cultural activities such as exhibitions, debates, seminars and workshops.
“The debate needs to involve other areas and the whole community, thinking about the future generations”, said UNESCO Deputy Director-General for Culture Ernesto Ottone.
Among the highlights: an inauguration on New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach; the Cities Forum, which will bring together mayors from dozens of cities who will discuss the urban spaces of the future; and the Congress itself.
A provisional programme of events will soon be distributed.
UIA 2020 RIO – 27th World Congress of Architects
With the theme “All the worlds. Just one world” and an expected 20,000 professionals attending, the 27th World Congress of Architects will make Rio de Janeiro the epicentre of debate on the future of the world's cities. Organized by the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) under the auspices of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the event invites experts and enthusiasts from the most dynamic, fair and sustainable cities to discuss solutions from July 19 to 23, 2020. The Congress programme will include side events, such as exhibitions, seminars and workshops, which will take place throughout the country.