“Healthy Cities, Happy Cities.” - The theme of 2014 World Architecture Day
World Architecture Day 2014: "Healthy Cities, Happy Cities"
The theme of 2014 World Architecture Day, October 6, will be “Healthy Cities, Happy Cities.” The UIA invites its members to organise special activities linked to the event, which will celebrate the role architects and architecture play in the vitality of the urban setting and in the well-being of its inhabitants.
How can architects design and construct “healthy” spaces, facilities, housing and urban landscapes which foster happiness, health and quality of life for city-dwellers?
By what means are architects able to bring life to cities, to infuse them with energy, to insure their viability, to anticipate and heal disorders, to forestall disintegration and to accompany their harmonious development?
Responsible architectural design has spotlighted the role of the architect aobligation to design a sustainable environment by means of an ethical professional practice in the areas of energy, implementation and materials.
This year’s theme for 2014 World Architecture Day was conceived by the UIA to illustrate the expansion of such practices and their impact on the urban space as well as on the entire city. The theme also is one facet of the UIA’s global commitment to international institutions who defend safeguarding the planet, the quality of the air, the water, the soil and all the elements contributing to the health of human settlements.