The European Commission and Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the first shortlist of 449 works competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –Mies van der Rohe Award 2022. These works will be joined in September by a new group of projects completed between November 2020 and April 2021.
Out of international concern about the propagation of coronavirus, the EU Mies Award has adapted the calendar for this year’s edition in order to include all works and to ensure safety, rigour and excellence in the evaluation of all 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 face.
Some of the works completed during the Covid-19 pandemic result from commissions made during the 2007-2012 financial crisis or shortly after. They will be evaluated during the post pandemic period in a clear attempt to continue visiting architecture and its users, neighbours, clients and authors in a face-to-face manner. Climate change, pollution, digitalisation and demographic explosion are also, perhaps more than ever, global threats that endanger the planet, its limited natural resources and, consequently, our well-being.
Buildings and infrastructures are responsible of at least 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, so the EU Mies Award must support the rethinking and replanning of Europe in a way that prioritises the environment through a cultural project in which design and sustainability are indissiociable.
All the works can be visited in the archive, in the app eumiesaward (android or iOS) and at the customizable map. We also hope that visiting them in person, as we will do with the jury in the spring of 2022 will be possible very soon.
We invite you to follow the process on social media!