On Monday, November 14, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation will present its latest project, the Contemporary European Architecture Atlas, at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. This publication is fruit of research and analysis the purpose of which is not only to expose the 2,881 works that have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award since 1988, but also to serve as a means by which to understand the transformation that European cities have undergone over the last thirty years thanks to the quality architecture that has been built there. Furthermore, the publication is enriched by assessment on the part of geographer Francesc Muñoz and by hitherto unpublished articles by Diane Gray, Dietmar Steiner, Hans Ibelings, Zaida Muxí and Josep Maria Montaner.
The Contemporary European Architecture Atlas combines essays, photographs, drawings, graphics, history and histories through which we may obtain a critical view of the European architectural panorama, which reflects the configuration itself of the European Union through the changes which have taken place and the challenges it has had to face in a globalised world.
The Atlas project has been carried through thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of hundreds of professional architects, critics, politicians, clients and citizens who together collaborate to improve the conditions of life in Europe, having learned from achievements and successes and transformed them in keeping with the evolution of society.
The Mies van der Rohe Foundation invites you to travel in space and time through Europe by discovering the works which, since 1988, have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Although these projects do not represent the totality of what has been built in Europe, they certainly do denote the excellence and quality of European architecture, thereby constituting a reflection of how we live, learn, work and coexist.