World Architecture Day is held annually on the first Monday of October to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of architecture around us. It was founded in 1985 at the request of the International Union of Architects and has since spread to all countries, allowing people to honor the architects and their work.
The first architectural era known to the world dates back to the Neolithic period. Buildings at that time typically had rectangular shapes and were constructed from stone, clay, and reed. The most recognizable examples include Stonehenge in England’s Wiltshire county, and the ancient Egyptian architecture. The 21st century has seen the rise of postmodernism, which is a complex of directions with a common worldview basis. Examples of this include the Disney building and the Dancing House.
- The ancient Incas considered bridges sacred and imposed a death sentence for anyone who tried to break them.
- The Empire State Building in New York was built with more than 10 million bricks.
- The main building component used in Nepal is cow dung.
- The Egyptian pyramid of Cheops is capable of covering a dozen football fields.
- The mosque in Djenne is the largest clay building on the planet.
How to take part
To participate in World Architecture Day, research the events taking place in your city and attend them. Visit iconic architectural structures and learn about their history, with a guide if possible. Post photos on social media and challenge your friends to guess the places.
When is World Architecture Day celebrated in 2023?
World Architecture Day is observed on the first Monday in October each year.