Rio de Janeiro will be UNESCO ‘World Capital of Architecture for 2020’

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) will be the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. 
  • Rio will be the first city to receive the title under a program launched together by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) in November 2018. The city will host the World Congress of UIA, in July 2020, an event that occurs every three years.
  • According to UNESCO, the World Capital of Architecture is intended to become an international forum for debates about pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.
  • Rio is one of the oldest cities in Brazil, and has a mix of modern and colonial architecture, with world-renowned sites like the statue of Jesus Christ and contemporary constructions like the Museum of Tomorrow. 

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