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Rio de Janeiro welcomes World Congress of Architects

Brazil Architecture News - Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22   9273 views

Rio de Janeiro welcomes World Congress of Architects

Update: UIA2020RIO has been postponed by one year to 18-22 July 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

UIA2020RIO was originally planned to attract some 20,000 professionals. Speakers already confirmed for this event include Portugal's Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the Pritzker Prize – the world's leading architectural honour.

Rio de Janeiro was going to host the 27th World Congress of Architects – UIA2020RIO, which is the world’s largest event in the fields of Architecture and Urban Planning. 

It has now been scheduled for July 18 – 22, 2021. The event is organised by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB).

As the host city of UIA2020RIO, Rio de Janeiro will be awarded the title of World Capital of Architecture in 2020 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the UIA. The "Marvellous City" expects to welcome more than 20,000 people during this event, with 25% of them travelling in from elsewhere in the world.

With some twelve seminars and over fifty art exhibitions and cultural initiatives already planned, together with contests for students and teachers of Architecture and Urbanism, UIA2020RIO will also spotlight some of the world’s most famous street celebrations, such as Carnival in Rio.

The main events of UIA2020RIO – including its Opening Ceremony – was going to be held in the old warehouses of the Rio Docklands lining the Boulevard Olímpico, which is an area in the Port of Rio that was revitalised for the 2016 Olympic Games. Other events and discussions was going to be held in the Palácio Gustavo Capanema (the architectural complex in downtown Rio that is famed internationally) and the nearby Museum of Modern Art (MAM).

Rio de Janeiro welcomes World Congress of Architects

With more than 150 speakers from many different countries, UIA2020RIO features names such as Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso), Elizabeth de Portzamparc (Brazil), Solano Benitez (Paraguay), Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico) and Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal). Brazilian architects Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Jaime Lerner, publisher Marisa Moreira Salles, Architecture writer Ambassador André Correa do Lago and singer Gilberto Gil are members of the Honour Committee.

Under the overreaching theme of All the Worlds. Just One World. Architecture 21, the UIA2020RIO has four discussion tracks:

- Diversity and Mixture

- Changes and Emergences

- Weaknesses and Inequalities

- Transience and Flows

These four discussion tracks will steer twelve panel sessions, two arch-talks and 650 presentations of papers and designs. There will also be 25 crossover sessions, seminars organised by the UIA and others by the Brazilian Architecture and Urban Planning Council (CAU), seven intra-Congress sessions on topics as Urban Health and Housing Acess, workshops and seminars for students, and city tours.

This event is backed by major organisations in civil society, such as the Brazilian Architecture and Urban Planning Council (CAU-BR) and its Rio de Janeiro Chapter (CAU-RJ), the National Federation of Architects and Urban Planners (FNA), the Globo Group and the Rio de Janeiro Federation of Industries (FIRJAN).

Rio de Janeiro welcomes World Congress of Architects


Registration for UIA2020RIO is already open on the official event website

Carnival in Rio

The official Carnival parades will showcase discussions on cities during the world’s largest street festival. For example, the Unidos da Tijuca samba school will parade under the banner of "Architecture and Urban Planning: Home of Dreams", while the theme of the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school will be Brazil’s futuristic capital, Brasília, whose project is signed by architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.

UIA2020RIO Expo

In parallel to the Congress, the UIA2020RIO Expo will feature companies showcasing their latest goods to the public, consisting of materials and equipment related to Architecture, Urban Mobility, Equipment and Innovation. 

With a footprint covering 10,000 square metres on the Pier Mauá, this trade fair will gather together 200 exhibitors, with forty hours of lectures, ten rounds of business discussions and some twenty start-ups.

All images courtesy of Riotur - Alexandre Macieira.

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