Iris Ceramica Group, a world leader in the design, production and distribution of high-quality ceramics for architectural projects, played a prominent role at the World Congress of Architects, promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and held in Copenhagen July 2 through 6, 2023. The company made an active contribution to discussions regarding the future of architecture, implementing its mission of combining innovation and design for the promotion of sustainable solutions.
At a booth in the congress venue, Copenhagen’s Bella Center, Iris Ceramica Group presented its most innovative solutions for architecture and design, proposals incorporating cutting-edge technologies and an ecological approach to production. The ceramic slabs made by the brands in the Group combine beauty and top performance with ecological solutions and play an active role in reducing the environmental impact of architecture and pollution. These products and solutions are a concrete, tangible expression of Iris Ceramica Group’s commitment to building a better future together with architecture at the service of people and the environment. And so it was only natural that the Group would want to participate in an international congress focusing on the theme of “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”!
With over 6000 participants from 135 countries world-wide, 150 sessions, 250 scientific publications and 400 speakers, the Congress explored the new frontiers of architecture, embracing themes such as sustainability, resilience, technology, social inclusion and urban regeneration while promoting more effective involvement of the international community of architects in implementation of the 17 goals of the UN’s Agenda 2030. Examples of these goals appear in the SDG or Sustainable Development Goals pavilions, experimental projects built in full-scale and distributed in selected locations around the city that will continue to welcome visitors all summer long, celebrating the congress and Copenhagen’s role as world capital of architecture throughout the year 2023.
The pavilions were built by collectives composed of emerging and well-known Danish architectural practices in collaboration with producers of materials, scientific institutions, associations and foundations.
These little constructions address the question of how we can live and build while reducing our Co2 emissions and dedicating more attention to people and the environment we share, offering reflections and concrete solutions for common areas, materials, health, food, and sanitary infrastructure as well as climate change-related issues.
Copenhagen has thus demonstrated that it offers fertile ground for innovation in architecture and the search for sustainable solutions. The congress concluded with presentation of "The Copenhagen Lessons”. Ten principles “for rapid and radical change in the built environment”, because, as noted by Natalie Mossin, President of the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023, “the health of the planet and basic human needs are on the line, we have no time to waste".
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02-09 Images courtesy of Iris Ceramica Group
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12-13 Copenhagen Lille Langebro photo credit Rasmus Hjortshoj COAST
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