The European Commission and Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the list of 85 works nominated in the second phase that are competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2022. These works join the first list of 449 nominated projects that was presented on 2 February, making the 2022 edition the one with the most nominated proposals for the Prize since its creation in 1988 with a total of 534 works completed between October 2018 and April 2021 in 41 countries.
As a result of the international concern about the spread of the coronavirus, the EU Mies Award has adapted the timing of this 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 faced by architects, clients, policy makers and other professionals.
Some of the works that have been completed during the Covid-19 pandemic are the result of commissions made during or shortly after the 2007-2012 financial crisis. They will be evaluated during the post-pandemic in a clear attempt to continue visiting architecture and its users, neighbours, clients and authors in person. Climate change, pollution, digitalisation and the demographic explosion are also, perhaps more than ever, a global threat that endangers the planet, its limited natural resources and, consequently, our well-being.
Buildings and infrastructure are responsible for at least 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is why the EU Mies Award has to support the rethinking and pre-planning of Europe in a way that prioritises the environment through a cultural project in which design and sustainability are inseparable. The jury had a first online meeting in which they agreed that the works of the EU Mies Award are a solid vision of what is happening in Europe. The two latest winners are a sign of what is important for the whole of Europe as we build for our common sake.
The selection of 40 shortlisted works will be announced in January, the winners will be announced in April and the award ceremony will take place in May 2022.
All the works can be visited in the archive, on the eumiesaward app (for android and iOS) and on the customised map. Very soon we hope that they will also be available to visit in person, as we will be doing with the jury in spring 2022.
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