Over 300 events are planned in 2023, many for professionals, but tourists will also find more reasons to head to Copenhagen this year, and the city wants to focus on various innovations that have made it more liveable, sustainable and resilient to climate change.
From March 24 onwards, visitors can explore the new permanent exhibition Made in Denmark in the Danish Architecture Centre. This show is set to trace the development of Danish architecture from the Vikings to the present.
On March 25 and 26, as part of a series of open-house events, more than 40 buildings in the city that are otherwise not open to the public will open their doors, including palaces, power plants and private homes. Admission is free.
Before UNESCO officials granted the city the title, Copenhagen was informally already a world capital of design, and its focus on people-oriented architecture has contributed to its reputation as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
Copenhagen is the world’s second city to call itself World Capital of Architecture after Rio de Janeiro became the first to get this UNESCO title.
It will now be awarded every three years to the city hosting the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress. In doing so, the two Paris-based organisations want to emphasise the importance of architecture, urban planning and culture in creating urban identity and sustainable urban development.