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12 NEWS BRAZIL Rio named World Capital of Architecture


Rio de Janeiro has been chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the first World Capital of Architecture. The city, which was also the first to be admitted to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in the cultural landscape category in 2012, will host the 27th World Congress of Architects in 2020. The congress takes place every three years,


and, as from the next edition, will grant the title of World Capital of Architecture to the host city. Rio was selected to apply to be the host city in 2014, and competed with Paris, in France, and Melbourne, Australia. The event will take place between 19 and


26 July 2020, and is promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA). Architects and city planners from around the globe will gather in Rio to discuss topics such as urban planning, culture, mobility, public works and construction of inclusive cities. Approximately 25,000


Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) © Alexandre Macieira, Riotur


people are expected to visit the city to participate in the congress. It will be the first time that the event will


take place in Brazil, and the chairman of the Institute of Brazilian Architects, Nivaldo Andrade, emphasises that the city is renowned as the location for works of renowned names such as Oscar Niemeyer,


Roberto Burle Marx and Lúcio Costa. Nivaldo Andrade commented, “The city is


also reference of contemporary challenges for architects and of positive experiences in the urbanism field, with the urbanisation of slum areas, for instance. Rio synthesises characteristics found in cities not only in Brazil, but in several countries of world.”


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