'Toward a Better Urban Future': UIA Webinar, World Architecture Day 2020

Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year’s theme: “Toward a better urban future”.

Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti Hosagrahar and Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Architect, Partner, Business Development of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

Six panels of global experts then discussed how architects and professionals in related fields can address the challenges facing today’s cities: Water and Sanitation, Public Spaces, Air Quality and Housing followed by a conversation about how architects can assist in the realisation of SDG (Sustainable Development Goal)  Number 11, "Sustainable Cities and Communities".

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Georg Pendl, the President of the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE)
  • Max Maurer, Scientist & Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
  • Joseph Kwan, director of Region IV (Asia) UIA Work Programme Architecture for All
  • Ishtiaque Zahir and Natalie Mossin, Co-directors of the UIA SDG Commission
  • Magda Mostafa, Co-director of the UIA Education Commission 
  • Nadia Tromp, Director of the UIA Community Architecture Work Programme. 

To know more about the event, click here.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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