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Happy World Architecture Day!

Happy World Architecture Day!
From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under Creative Commons

World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, was set up by the Union International des Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat” (not coincidentally, today’s also the United Nations’ World Habitat Day).

To mark this occasion, take a moment to consider the potential of architecture – and, indeed, socially-conscious architects – to transform the lives of human beings across the globe. If you need some inspiration, look back on the amazing Public Interest Design (PID) projects we’ve featured over the years – including dozens of Architecture for Humanity projects – as well as our PID infographic and editorial on the Inevitable Rise of Public Interest Design.

It may be easy to forget in the daily grind, but take today to appreciate the great work you do, and the potential it has to better our world. Architects of the world – Enjoy your Day!

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Vanessa Quirk
Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Happy World Architecture Day! " 01 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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