In conjunction with 27th World Congress of Architects

Every three years, the UIA (International Union of Architects) organises an international congress of architecture. From 19 to 23 July 2020 it will be holding its 27th World Congress of Architects in Rio de Janeiro, entitled ‘All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21’. An international urban student ideas competition will be held to promote young talent in the field of architecture and related fields. The international ideas competition MARÉ-CIDADE is organised by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB - Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil) and the International Union of Architects and is supported by UN Habitat.

The competition site is located between an important and busy expressway (Avenida Brasil) and a cluster of favelas (Complexo da Maré). This territory is currently occupied by warehouses and industrial buildings, most of which are abandoned or in disuse. The competition invites students to propose innovative urban solutions for the area, considering the local population, and their connection with the city.


The objective of the ideas competition is to invite students of architecture and related fields to propose innovative urban design and architectural interventions in order to integrate the Maré (an informal settlement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to the city that would contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Read more about UN SDG Goal 11 here.


This single-stage student ideas competition is organised and conducted in accordance with UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town planning and the UIA best practice recommendations (see UIA Competition Guide for Design Competitions in Architecture and Related Fields)

The General Coordinator of the competition is architect and urbanist Dr. Thiago T. A. de Soveral (CAU/BR 85000-4), being the Assistant Coordinator architect and urbanist Rodrigo M. F. Bocater (CAU/BR A91667-6).