We believe this participatory form of communication that reaches across positions, perspectives and geographies is necessary for the ongoing process of collective formulations of architecture’s contribution to the fulfillment of the UN SDGs. We really love the expansion of the collective approach of the Manifesto Relay, bridging across industry and research, and we are certain that it will present a powerful call for action and unison.
- Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and Martin Tamke, the UIA Scientific Committee
Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) invites you to join a conversation around the International Manifesto Relay, a provocative collection of 45 manifestos from around the world responding to the central question of the UIA2023CPH: How Can Architecture Contribute To Social And Environmental Change?
The International Manifesto Relay encourages us to rethink the role of the architect in the scope of environmental, economic and technological transformations on a global scale, to reflect on the means currently available to become drivers of change. It mobilizes our field to embrace the lived experiences of urban and rural communities, but also to speculate on what a sustainable future for the planet looks like, and to declare how architects will contribute to achieving it.
A powerful tool to put forth ideas, commitments, agendas, visions for a better architecture, from Malaysia to Mauritius, from Portugal to Japan, the manifestos function as a starting point for a topical discussion on the use of language within the architectural discipline, specifically on the meaning, power, and limitations of the key vocabulary used in architecture today.
The plenary debate will engage the researchers and practitioners that contributed to International Manifesto Relay and the panel comprising Martha Thorne, author of the International Manifesto Relay's preface, and the Chairs of the UIA2023CPH's Research Panels, authors of the publication's six introductory texts. The session is opened by Josephine Michau, founder and director of Copenhagen Architecture Festival, and moderated by Federica Sofia Zambeletti, founder and creative director of KoozArch.
Attendance requires a ticket for the UIA2023CPH World Congress.