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Byens Podcast: Rebuilding for Hope

Udgivet d. 06. juli 2023

The UIA World Congress of Architects held in Copenhagen from the 2nd to the 6th of July 2023 is the world’s largest event on Sustainable Architecture. The 28th World Congress is themed SUSTAINABLE FUTURES - LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND and is a chance to make architecture a central tool in acheiving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

At the World Congress exhibition in Bella Center, the Rebuilding Pavilion was set out to investigate, discuss and test holistically sustainable rebuilding. Rebuilding of the built environment is severely needed in societies facing conflict or natural disasters, be they immediate disasters and devastation, or ongoing irreversible climate change. These built environments are no longer able to protect, support or strengthen their communities and must be rebuilt. 

Byens Podcast visited the Rebuilding Pavilion and the interviews can be heard in two podcasts:

Rebuilding for Hope

The Rebuilding Pavilion at the UIA World Congress of Architects is a physical test of sustainable rebuilding, made by using only waste materials, biomaterials that are locally in abundance, upcycled and reused products and lots of care, compassion and collaborative efforts and is aimed to be be send 100 % into recirculation.

As an example of new ways to plan and build, a global group of architects have worked with these principles and will tell how they see the the possibilities of sustainable rebuilding.


  • Natalie Mossin, President of Congress
  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO
  • Yasmeen Lari, Architect and NGO-leader
  • Bhawna Jaimini, Writer and Architect
  • Marwa Al-Sabouni, Writer and Architect
  • Ingeborg Hau,Chief Advisor, Architecture and the SDGS
  • Adam Linde Nielsen, ​Architect, Royal Danish Academy 
  • Asbjørn Staunstrup Lund, Architect, Vandkunsten
  • Henriette Sofie Larsen, CEO, Byens Netværk

Listen to the podcast: Rebuilding for Hope


Reflections on Rebuilding - A Global Journey

Rebuilding after a devastating war, a huge flooding or with the intention of changing a slum into a proper city. The reasons of rebuilding are many, strategies differ and local settings are crucial to understand, in order to make a real difference. Meet the receiver of the annual Royal Gold Medal 2023, architect Yasmeen Lari, who has dedicated her late career to combine architecture with a social message by creating houses for flood-victims. You will also hear the Syrian writer and architect Marwa Al-Sabouni on rebuilding-strategies after war and Indian architect Bhawna Jaimini reflects on how to change a slum from within. Ingeborg Hau reflects on rebuilding seen in a Danish perspective.


  • Yasmeen Lari, Architect and NGO-leader
  • Bhawna Jaimini, Writer and Architect
  • Marwa Al-Sabouni, Writer and Architect
  • Ingeborg Hau,Chief Advisor, Architecture and the SDGS, The Royal Academy

Listen to the podcast: Reflections on Rebuilding - A Global Journey

UIA World Congress of Architecture
The World Congress is held every three years in different countries and was hosted in 2023 for the first time in Copenhagen, Denmark by the UIA Nordic section: Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The International Union of Architects UIA was founded in 1948 and unites national architect associations in more than 100 countries. Read more

Byens Podcast er udgivet af Byens Netværk. Tilrettelægger er Nanna Jardorf. Vært og producent er journalist Lasse Soll Sunde.

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