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World Congress of Architects discusses new global flows

Not only flows of migrants, but also planet-wide streams of […]

Not only flows of migrants, but also planet-wide streams of goods, data, and services among cities are under discussion in June at UIA2021RIO


The largest event ever organised by the International Union of Architects (UIA), the 27th World Congress of Architects calls upon society in general – and not only practitioners in the Architecture and Urban Planning fields – to discuss topics related to urban life and the future of cities. In June, the Congress discussion track is “Transience and Flows”, with discussions exploring today’s flows of people, goods, services, jobs and data at both the planetary and local scales.
Strengthening transnational networks, new forms of communication and new forms of social intercourse will also be analysed, together with the ways that these new flows contribute to the globalisation of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The first discussion is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 21, with architects Rahul Mehrotra from India, and Zulu Araújo from Brazil, addressing the topic of Migrations and Diasporas.

Rahul Mehrotra is a leading exponent of Indian architecture, with several studies and studies published, working regularly with the Historical Preservation and Environmental Issues Commissions in Mumbai, India. Formerly its Executive Director, he is now the Curator of the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, where his office, RMA Architects, is located. He taught at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a Professor at the Harvard Design School. He edited a book for the UIA entitled The Architecture of the 20th Century in the South Asian Region.

Better known as Zulu Araújo, Edvaldo Mendes Araújo is an architect and urban planner, with a Master’s Degree in Culture and Society. A Black Movement activist, he is also the General Director of the Pedro Calmon Foundation, linked to the Secretariat of Culture of the State of Bahia State Culture Bureau (Brazil). He was the Culture Director of the Bahia State Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, a Director of the Regionalised Exchange and Action Department of the Bahia State Culture Bureau, a Director and Advisor of the Olodum Cultural Group, a Director and President of the Palmares Foundation, and the representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture two the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). He also served as a Director of the House of Latin American Culture/UNB, and the General Coordinator of the Latin American and African Festival of Art and Culture (FLAAC) in 2012.

This discussion will be moderated by engineer Daniella Abreu, the Executive Secretary for International Affairs in Santa Catarina State.

On June 22, also at 9 a.m., the theme of New Practices in Architecture will be discussed by Brazilian activist Carmen Silva and Colombian architect Edgar Mazo.

Carmen Silva heads up the Downtown Homeless Movement (MSTC) in São Paulo, and has ensured the social inclusion of almost 3,000 people living on the streets or in makeshift housing. An urban planner, she has taught Architecture courses and is engaged in discussions on cities in the public, private and academic sectors. A former Coordinator of the Sé District Participatory Council in São Paulo, she was also a Municipal and State adviser on housing and public policies for women, in addition to coordinating the management board for two blocks in the Cracolândia drug hub.

Edgar Mazo was born in Medellín, Colombia, and is one of the founders of the Laboratorio de Arquitectura y Paisaje (L.A.P.). Acknowledged in several international architectural competitions, his work includes, for example, the design of the Parque Del Río park in Medellín, the Education Parks in Concordia and Entrerrios, and the Parque Verde La Carlota park in Caracas, Venezuela. He taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, the Catholic University of Chile, and the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela.

This session will be moderated by architect Carlos Leite, FAU-Mackenzie and Insper professor.

Scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 23, the third discussion on the topic of Transient and Ephemeral brings together two leading architects, urban planners and thinkers: Raquel Rolnik and Claudio Acioly.

Raquel Rolnik is a professor at the Architecture and Urban Planning School, University of São Paulo (USP). An expert in housing policies, as well as urban territory planning and management, she was the Special Rapporteur for the Right to Adequate Housing, for the UN Human Rights Council. She was also the São Paulo City Planning Director, the Urban Planning Coordinator for the Instituto Pólis, and the National Urban Programmes Secretary with the Ministry of Cities. She has authored several books: A Cidade e a Lei, O que é Cidade, São Paulo – Coleção Folha Explica and Guerra dos Lugares: a colonização da terra e da moradia na era das finanças.

Claudio Acioly has a track-record stretching back 33 years in more than thirty countries, working as a consultant and specialist in housing policies and programmes, urban management and the urbanisation of squatter settlements. He was a consultant to the World Bank and UN agencies such as UNDP, UNECE and UN-Habitat. Currently the head of Professional Training and capacity-building at UN-Habitat, he directs capacity-building projects and programmes in several countries. He served as a senior specialist at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), The Netherlands; since 2004, he has been an Associate Professor at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, USA, coordinating programmes in the informal land market field, and the urbanisation of squatter settlements in Latin America.

The moderator is architect Abílio Guerra, who edits the Vitruvius portal.


Finally, the livestreamed wrap-up session for the no-fee Open Week on Transience and Flows is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 24, when specialists will explore the issues raised during the discussions in greater depth, as well as answering questions sent in by the audience.


All this content will be available to the public free of charge for a full week, with no-cost access even for people who have not yet signed up for UIA2021RIO. After June 27, it will be available only to attendees through the exclusive Congress platform.


This platform will also feature the June ArchiTalks, with sixteen speakers exploring the topic of Architecture in the World:



Agenda for Open Week on Transience and Flows  

June 21
9 a.m.
Migrations and Diasporas

Rahul Mehrotra (India)

Zulu Araújo (Brazil)

Moderated by: Daniella Abreu


June 22
9 a.m.
New Practices

Carmen Silva (Brazil)

Edgar Mazo (Brazil)

Moderated by: Carlos Leite


June 23
9 a.m.
Transient and Ephemeral

Raquel Rolnik (Brazil)
Claudio Acioly (Brazil)

Moderated by: Abilio Guerra

June 24
11 a.m.
Livestreamed wrap-up session for the no-fee Open Week on Transience and Flows



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