The European Union, the Lithuania Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona are happy to invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Transformation Strategies: European Architecture as Caregiver” that will take place in the Lithuania Pavilion on Monday 17 January 2022 at 04:00pm (GMT +4).
The opening will count with:
Pietro De Matteis, Advisor on Public Diplomacy at the European External Action Service and Deputy Commissioner General for the EU at EXPO2020
Simonas Gentvilas, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
Romas Jankauskas, Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Exposition at Expo 2020 Dubai
Ruta Leitanaitė, President of Architects Association of Lithuania
Ivan Blasi, curator Fundació Mies van der Rohe
The opening will also count with the announcement the list of the 40 shortlisted works of the 2020 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
After being successfully featured in the Ireland pavilion the exhibition now travels to the Lithuania pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The history of Lithuania, connected to its people and landscapes, has evolved over time as a result of natural, social, political and economic changes, a history embodied in its architecture. A new and exciting period began in 1990 with the restoration of its independence and in 2004 when the country became a fully-fledged member of the European Union. Since 1998, when Lithuania participated for the first time in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, 85 works of architecture have participated, showing the quality and robustness of its architecture which brings together tradition and modernity.
Buildings and infrastructures are responsible for at least 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions and architecture 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 European Green Deal aims at transforming the European Union into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 while decoupling economic growth from resource use and leaving no person and no place behind. To do so, its cultural component, the New European Bauhaus movement, is creating bridges between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture in order to combine sustainability with aesthetics, affordability and inclusion.
The exhibition analyses these challenges through examples of excellent architectural transformations carried out in Europe and that different juries of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award have highlighted showing how European architecture becomes a caregiver of the planet and its inhabitants in the context of Europe’s and Lithuania’s heritage of arts and culture.
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Photos by Orinta Labutyte
17-1-2022 < 15-2-2022
Lithuania Pavilion - Expo 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates