The world’s architects are united in the knowledge that design can help cities and towns to grow responsibly, to become places of great environmental quality and social equity.
We know how to build without destroying natural habitat or taking valuable agricultural land. We know how to make communities safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. We know how to conserve resources. We know how architecture and design can help to make communities more resilient against extreme weather. We know how design can promote better health.
In the important year ahead, in the face of many great challenges, we architects can project our useful knowledge and express our hope-filled convictions. As we approach the UIA World Congress of Architects in Rio de Janeiro and celebrate the first UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture, let us redouble efforts to show how architecture can improve the human condition . . . and our planet.
UIA President Thomas Vonier