Better City, Better Life – Sustainable by Design

World Day of Architecture – 4 October 2010

In accordance with the decision taken by the U.I.A. Assembly in 1996, the 'World Day of Architecture' is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year, on the same date as the United Nations 'World Habitat Day'.

This year, the World Day of Architecture will be celebrated on 4 October.

The Council of the International Union of Architects meeting in Tokyo (Japan) on
29-31 July 2010, adopted the following theme for the 2010 World Day of

Better City, Better Life – Sustainable by Design.

This is an extension of the United Nations World Habitat Day theme for 2010 of 'Better City, Better Life' and reflects the UIA Sustainable by Design Strategy being pursued for the UIA Congress and Assembly in Tokyo in September 2011.

To celebrate the 2010 World Day of Architecture, all UIA Member Sections are invited to commemorate the theme through architectural manifestations - exhibitions, lectures, discussions and other activities– and the public presentation of local and national projects that demonstrate the architectural and urban solutions developed by architects to contribute to a better life in better cities, through their sustainable designs.

I hope that your Section will succeed in stimulating debates, exchanges and initiatives among the architects in your country, and I thank you in advance for sending all information on the celebrations held by your Section to the General Secretariat for publication in the U.I.A. Newsletter.

We are looking forward to hearing from all UIA Member Sections of their celebrations across the world.


Details of forthcoming design missions.

Japan – 26-30 October (during Tokyo Designers week 30/10 – 3/11)

South Korea – 7-11 December (during Design Korea – 7-12/12; UK Design Seminar on 8 Dec) – this could be combined with a Taiwan or India missions

Taiwan – 13-17 December (during Taiwan Design Expo – 11-19 Dec; UK Design seminar on 13 or 14)

India – 13-17 December (13-14 10th CII Design Summit – combined with Korea mission)

Details available from Creative Services Team at UKTI tel 020 7215 8327 or 7215 8033


12th International Conference: Cities and Ports – Buenos Aires & Rosario

15 – 19 November 2010.

Entitled, 'New World, New Challenges', this conference will raise and discuss the complex issues facing port cities and build on the work done at Sydney and Stockholm in 2006 and 2008.

The RIBA will be represented by Chairman of RIBA Building Futures, Dickon Robinson, on 17 November in Session 7 – Answering the Climatic Challenge –who will address the subject;

Facing up to Rising Sea Levels: Retreat, Defend, Attack?

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