25 Years of the European Prize. Breaking New Ground - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

25 Years of the European Prize. Breaking New Ground

The 25th anniversary of the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award”, represents a fantastic opportunity to reflect on a quarter century of architecture in Europe and about its future.

Coinciding with the granting ceremony of the 2013 edition of the Prize, the exhibition “Constructing Europe”, the catalogue of the same name and the debate “Breaking New Ground” will be organised as a year-long event that will wrap up in 2014 during the “La Biennale di Venezia”.

Breaking New Ground
Over 25 years, the Prize has been selecting a repertoire of more than 2500 buildings all around Europe, which represent the richness and evolution of national architectures.

This embodies the overview of European architecture evolution and raises the question about what the next 25 years of European architecture will be like and therefore the meaning of the Prize.

This event wants to be an encounter that will bring together the experience of those professionals that have defined the 25 years of the Prize and those architects and critics that have an important role in today’s cultural field.

The aim of the debate is to represent a crisscross between all the winner architects that have influenced the last decades and those professionals that can influence the next decades of architecture.

So far the Prize has been organized through a Panel of Experts, an Advisory Board, a Steering Committee and a Jury that has chosen the winners and finalists of each edition of the Prize. These consolidated and well-known professionals, architects and architecture critics of undoubtedly international reputation, have established a confirmation of desired results that has reflected the situation of architecture in Europe up to this moment.

June 7 2013 will be a turning point, a point that will change our view on the role of architecture today and in the future: the Fundació Mies van der Rohe is consolidating 25 years of European history and at the same time it is opening itself to the opportunity of experiencing radical changes. This is why we have called it “BREAKING NEW GROUND: Debate about European Architecture”, a project that we have been preparing for a long and intense time and which we are looking forward to intensify.

Antoni Vives and Vicente Guallart, as representatives of Barcelona’s City Council, together with Giovanna Carnevali, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe; Valéry Didelon, architect, editor of Criticat; and Ivan Blasi, architect and coordinator of the Debate, will open the session and will recall the main statements and aims of the debate, together with the participation of one of the Winners of the European Award who will give his critical and personal point of view.

Discussion group sessions
These sessions will be a crisscrossed discussion between guests who have had an involvement in the Prize in these last 25 years and several young critics (Valéry Didelon, Ricardo Devesa, Anne Isopp, Vasa Perovic and Ibai Rigby). At the same time the Winners of the Prize.
Due to the limited amount of time and space, these sessions will take place before the open debate that will take place at 19:00h and in which we will share the ideas from these sessions with a broader public.
In parallel with this agenda, students from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV), the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) will also participate posing questions to the participants and allowing everyone to put their point of view.

The group discussions, ideas and conclusions, will be summarized into 5-minute presentations by each of the coordinators so everybody can listen to the ideas from the previous sessions.

The last part will be the opportunity to summarize the ideas which come out from all the discussions. These will be transformed into a document that will be used in the following debates that will take place in 2013 and 2014 in different Universities and Institutions around Europe together with the Exhibition of the 25 Years of European Architecture. This document will explain today’s key moment for our profession and the importance of your participation.

This event is a call to define and shape the future of our culture(s) and the role of architecture departing from the work developed by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in these last 25 years. We invite you to our house, the Pavilion that Mies van der Rohe built originally in 1929 in Barcelona and that today represents the meeting point of culture, the people responsible for it and those who enjoy it. We will re-evaluate the relation between architecture, institutions and people according to the present moment.

Moderators: Valéry Didelon, Anne Isopp, Ibai Rigby, Vasa Perovic and Ricardo Devesa.

Prize Winners: Dominique Perrault, Emilio Tuñón, Esteve Bonell, Francesc Rius, Kjetil Trædal (SNOHETTA), Tarald Lundevall Thorsen (SNOHETTA), Osbjørn Jacobsen (Henning Larsen architects), Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen (Henning Larsen architects), Sigurður Einarsson (Batteríid architects).

2013 Finalists: Bjarke Ingels, Jürgen Mayer H., Paul Robbrecht (Robbrecht en Daem), Hilde Daem (Robbrecht en Daem), Marie Jose van Hee.

Emergent Architect Special Mention Winners: Matija Bevk (Bevk-Perovic), Kamiel Klaasse (NL architects), Bet Capdeferro (Capdeferro-Bosch), María Langarita (Langarita-Navarro), Víctor Navarro (Langarita-Navarro).

2013 Jury: Wiel Arets, Kent Martinussen, Louisa Hutton, Antón García-Abril, Ewa Porebska.

Critics and Architects: Aaron Betsky, Vittorio Gregotti, Francis Rambert, Ole Bouman, Pedro Gadanho, Fritz Neumeyer.

Barcelona Architects and Critics: Beth Galí (Prize Jury Member), Toni Casamor (COAC Barcelona President) , Miguel Roldán (BAC Director), Manuel Gausa (Prize Expert and IaaC Dean), Pau de Solà-Morales.

Members from the Advisory and Steering Committees: arc en rêve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux; Architecture Foundation, London; Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna; Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm; Arkkitehtuurimuseo, Helsinki; CIVA Brussels; Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen; DESSA, Ljubljana; Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt; Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, Tallinn; Institut français d’architecture, Paris; Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo; Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Rotterdam; RIBA, London; The Berlage, Delft; Triennale di Milano, Milan.

Members from the Fundació’s Board of Trustees: Ajuntament de Barcelona, Ministerio de Fomento, Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Consorci de la Zona Franca, COAC, ETSAB, Fira de Barcelona, The Museum of Modern Art, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlín.

Directors from universities and institutions

Students from ETSAB, ETSAV, La Salle, UIC and IaaC and Architects and Prize Critics Xavier Costa, Yannis Aesopos, Jordi Badia, Roger Badia, Konrad Buhagiar, Matevz Celik, Cristian Cirici, Marc Dubois, Carme Fiol, Gerardo García-Ventosa, Francesc Giralt, Rafael Gómez-Moriana, Aquiles González, Gonzalo Herrero, Boris Brorman Jensen, Igor Kovacevic, Carles Llop, Octavi Mestre, Jorma Mukala, Josep Muntañola Thornberg, Carles Muro, Osamu Okamura, Felip Pich-Aguilera, Kathrin Pongratz, Luigi Prestinenza, Sixten Rahlff, Estanislau Roca, Jordi Rogent, Quim Rosell, Roman Rutkowski, Ramon Sanàbria, Lina Stergiou, Suzanne Strum, Elsa Turkusic and many others still to be confirmed.

The event was streamed through the Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s youtube channel on June 7, from 17:00h to 20:00.  You can watch it at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1heMqHnPRY


June 7th 2013 - June 7th, 2014


Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

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Giovanna Carnevali

Curator and Coordinator
Ivan Blasi

Raúl Martínez
Artur Pousa
Cristina Rodríguez

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Anna Giró
Mercedes Soler-Lluró, Gemma Pasqual / ICE

Pau Guardiola

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Laura Arenas
Arnau Cabeza

Clara Moreno
Alejandro Raya
Víctor Sánchez

Ariadna Ribas
Pol Galofré
and team

Electro Acústica Condal