The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are proud to announce the 40 shortlisted works that will compete in the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
The jury met over three days in Barcelona to discuss the most relevant challenges that European contemporary society and its architecture are facing. As Tatiana Bilbao, chairwoman of the jury, said, “the current pressing paradigm shift is the achievement of equity and democracy through inclusion and acceptance of diversity.”
Many of the topics that came up correspond to the aims of the New European Bauhaus – building a sustainable future through creativity, innovation, and imagination – and focus on reuse and circularity as a key form of sustainability; inclusion through collective and participatory processes that chart new approaches to urban development and therefore contributing to improve local and global policies; and the use of materials, skills, and technology connected to aesthetic and general values.
In the selection of 40, Collective Housing is the most represented program with 9 works (2 of the mixed-use works also include housing). There are 7 Cultural buildings (museums, galleries, art and cultural centres, and heritage recovery), 6 Mixed Use and 6 Educational environments (schools and universities); 4 Urban planning works (squares and public spaces); 2 Sport and Leisure constructions; and 1 Commerce, 1 Food & Accommodation, 1 Industrial, 1 Landscape, 1 Office, and 1 Social welfare work.
The five finalists will be announced on 16 February 2022.
The Architecture and Emerging Winners will be announced in mid-April in Brussels.
The EU Mies Award Day that comprises the Awards Ceremony, will take place on 9 May 2022 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, in a day-long-event that will include lectures by the authors of the winning and finalist works, discussions with the architects, clients, policymakers and jury members; the exhibition with the 532 works participating in the EU Mies Award 2022; and the events of the Barcelona Architecture Week that include the International Architecture Film Festival among many others.
Save the date for these events and remember that the shortlisted works will be open to the public so that everybody can learn more about them in presence of their authors and critics, who will highlight their qualities during May. Dates and organisation will soon be announced on www.EuMiesAward.com and social media channels.