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9 | 4 | 2019

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND THE UN's GLOBAL GOALS / Lecturer: Jakob Knudsen

Monday, 13.05.2019.

18.45-20.00

Lecturer: Prof. Jakob Knudsen

Moderator: Prof. Aleksandra Stupar

→ CCB, Artget Gallery, Republic Square 5/I

KADK has devoted three academic years to developing design and architecture, which can support the UN goals for a sustainable world, at the same time creating the basis for a new Danish growth sector rooted in innovative solutions to national and global problems.

On 25 September 2015 at the UN summit in New York, heads of government from all over the world passed an unprecedentedly ambitious agenda, which between then and 2030 would pave the way for more sustainable development for both us as human beings and the planet we inhabit.


KADK shares that ambition. Architects and designers possess precisely the professional creative and innovative skills needed to create the new products, solutions and strategies and drive a positive development on both the local and global levels. So, in summer 2016 KADK decided to lead the way and devote three academic years to work on the UN Global Goals.

Given the responsibility for the education of future generations of architects and designers, there is a joint responsibility for training graduates, whose competencies will contribute to a more sustainable world. KADK aims to be a laboratory for the development of new, sustainable solutions and products. The ambition is also to inspire the surrounding civic and business communities by a close interaction with interested parties in order to create discussion and collaboration for new solutions and opportunities.


Historically speaking, the Danish architecture and design tradition has played a major role in the building of a sustainable welfare society, which today is highly acclaimed and regarded as a role model for the rest of the world.

It is believed that KADK’s work on the Global Goals could have a huge potential when it comes to establishing a new Danish growth sector driven by innovative products, solutions and strategies for a sustainable lifestyle and societal arrangement.


Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen, Architect MAA, Head of the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture Design & Conservation (KADK) in Copenhagen has been teaching and researching at the KADK and practices architecture as head of Ingvartsen Architects. He has done research on sustainability and the role of architecture in “Healthy Housing” not least malaria prevention. He is presently in charge of the developing the UN’s 17 SDG’s at school level.


*Lecture is conducted in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Belgrade.

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