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The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are pleased to announce the first list of the works competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
449 works from 279 cities in 41 countries have been nominated by European independent experts, the national architecture associations and the Prize Advisory Committee and for the first time, the EU Mies Award counts with works from Armenia, Moldova and Tunisia.
From the list of 449 projects:
The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announce today the first list of 449 works (completed between October 2018 and October 2020) competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. These works will be joined in September with a new group of nominees finished between November 2020 and April 2021.
As a result of the international concern about the spread of the coronavirus, the EU Mies Award has adapted this edition’s calendar in order to include all the works and to ensure the safety, rigor and excellence of the evaluation of all the projects.
The new cycle of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award will reflect on the current challenges that architects, clients, policy makers and other professionals are faced with. Some of these works have been finished during the Covid-19 pandemic and some are the result of commissions from the 2007-2012 financial crisis or shortly afterwards. They will be evaluated during the post-pandemic time in a clear attempt to continue visiting architecture and its users, neighbours, clients and designers face to face. Climate change, pollution, digitalization and demographic explosion are also, maybe more than ever, a global threat that endangers the planet, its limited natural resources and in consequence our wellbeing. Buildings and infrastructures are responsible for at least 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions so the EU Mies Award must support the rethinking and replanning of Europe in such a way that it prioritises the environment through a cultural project in which design and sustainability are indissociable.
“The EU Mies Award as the resulting work of a strong network of Europeans, shows that quality can be understood in many different ways but that it must always be connected to the present challenges with the environment and make cities and infrastructure more sustainable and resilient”
Director Fundació Mies van der Rohe
“By creating a bridge between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture, the New European Bauhaus is an opportunity to make the Green Deal tangible and closer to citizens. The EU Mies Award has been and will continue to be a crucial European instrument to make this cultural change happen”
Culture Policy Officer, European Commission
“I am aware that I have committed myself to something that is strategically naïve, where we have found little political aspiration, but how can you gain a perspective on housing and city
issues, if you do not immerse yourself in the vast legacy we have to build on? I remain an enlightened pessimist, even though”
EU Mies Award 2019 Winner with Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal and
Christophe Hutin: Grand Parc Bordeaux