VII International Forum on Architectural Heritage: Brazil/Portugal on the eve of UIA2020RIO

Paço Imperial / By: Alexandre Macieira, Riotur

With the theme of All the Worlds - The Heritage that Unites Us, Rio de Janeiro will host the VII International Forum on Architectural Heritage: Brazil/Portugal (FIPA) on July 14 – 15, 2020, just before UIA2020RIO. Held annually since 2014, this event is designed to strengthen the links between these two countries, in terms of the maintenance and management of their architectural legacies, preserving their cultural and historical assets.

Reaching out to Brazilian, Portuguese and international researchers, institutions and specialists involved with heritage conservation and the technical and scientific communities, this Forum features interdisciplinary and interinstitutional discussions, round tables and presentations of academic papers. It is organised by Brazil’s National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB), the Brazilian Architecture and Urban Planning Council (CAU), the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Campinas (PUC-Campinas), the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) and the Aveiro University in Portugal.


Instead of its usual May schedule, this Forum will be held in July next year, during the run-up to the 27th World Congress of Architects. During the last four events, architectural heritage issues were discussed on preparatory bases. Now on the eve of UIA2020RIO, it is time for this Forum to present results and propose interventions on the four keynote themes of the Congress: Diversity and Mixture; Changes and Emergences; Weaknesses and Inequalities; and Transience and Flows.

“This Forum has organised international discussions on architectural heritage, addressing the fields of decision-making and architectural practice, and their interactions with aspects of identity, culture, change and development, when faced by the greatest test of our times: the social challenge. All this is encompassed by the keynote themes of UIA2020RIO, to which this Forum is eager to contribute,” says Professor Aníbal Costa, an engineer who coordinates this Forum in Portugal, together with Professor Alice Tavares, who is an architect.

In Brazil, this Forum is coordinated by architect and urban planner Dr. Maria Rita Amoroso (PhD). For her, Brazil and Portugal are united by their common heritage: “Historically, the material and immaterial legacies of these two countries are firmly entwined, and our main goal is to preserve all this wealth and diversity,” she notes.

The VII Forum will take place in the Paço Imperial palace and the Palácio Gustavo Capanema auditorium, as well as the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx estate, with the support of Brazil’s National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN).

The VII International Forum on Architectural Heritage: Brazil/Portugal website will soon be launched. For further information, contact its Coordinator Maria Rita Amoroso by e-mail at: maritadpa@gmail.com.


With the theme “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21” and an estimated public of 20 thousand professionals of the area, the 27th World Congress of Architects will turn Rio into the epicentre of the debate about the future of the cities. Promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and organized by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), the event invites specialists and enthusiasts of fairer and more dynamic and sustainable cities to discuss solutions between the 19th and the 23rd of July of 2020. There are also preparatory and parallel events - such as exhibitions, seminars and workshops - happening around the country.

Registration for UIA2020RIO is now open.


Rio de Janeiro is the first World Capital of Architecture, a title that was achieved by Rio City Hall and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), and given by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA). Throughout 2020, the city will host a series of events, including the 27th World Congress of Architects, the World Forum of Cities, exhibitions and public competitions. Besides showing to the world Rio’s architectonic treasures, the title is also an opportunity to reflect upon the future, to plan what is wanted for the cities from all over the planet.



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