Rio is about to become the first World Capital of Architecture. An important step towards the title took place in May when the International Union of Architects (UIA) approved Rio’s nomination by unanimous decision during its council meeting. Now, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) will formally grant the seal of approval, according to the agreement with UIA.
Achieving this title is part of the program proposed by the City of Rio and by IAB (Brazilian Institute of Architects) for 2020, when the state capital will host the 27th World Congress of Architects. It also means acknowledging the city’s architectural, historical and cultural past. It is also a great opportunity for reflection on its urban future.
“The Rio program UIA/UNESCO 2020 World Capital of Architecture presumes a broad reflection on the architectural-urban scenario, identifying goals agreed with UNESCO and the UN for 2025 and 2030 milestones for both the city of Rio as well as the country’s urban system as a whole”, said Sergio Magalhaes, UIA2020RIO Executive Committee Chairperson.
IAB national chairperson, Nivaldo Andrade and Rio’s secretary of Planning, Infrastructure and Housing, Verena Andreatta, advocated for Rio’s application. Both celebrated the victory. We are certain Rio will create a benchmark for the next editions since the schedule begins on new year’s eve and will have the same theme as the Congress: “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21”. “It will be a unique opportunity for visibility”, highlighted Mr. Andrade. “We have shown that the city, with its diverse architecture, is absolutely capable of hosting large events”, Andreatta added.
After UNESCO’s seal of approval, there will be a ceremony for Rio’s nomination as UIA/UNESCO 2020 World Capital of Architecture.