The 500-page volume you have in your hands contains the largest number of works ever nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards. These 532 works correspond to those from the last three years, covering one year more than the usual EUmies Awards timings. The impossibility of the jury being able to meet in person and then travel to visit the finalist works (due to the Covid-19 health crisis) meant that the Awards were postponed for a year. Living and experiencing the selected spaces and processes of debate first hand are the essential conditions that define these awards. In this case, an exceptional quantity therefore reflects these exceptional conditions.
This large selection of architecture is presented in dictionary format, through plans, photographs and texts. All of them are sorted alphabetically, from A to Z, by the name that their authors or clients decided to give them. Two more entries are added to this arrangement: the names of all the cities, towns or places where these architectural works are located and each of the names of the authors’ studios. It is a format that offers a compact and synthetic arrangement, enabling intuitive reading and research.
The plans, photographs and texts of the selected works, finalists and winners are expanded and developed over more pages so that they can be understood in greater depth.
A collection of unpublished texts accompanies these finalist and winning architectural works: in Entanglements, Ellis Woodman writes in about the Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture; Stephen Bates writes about the 85 Social Housing Units in Cornellà in his piece “For the love of rooms”; independent experts Anna Yudina and Beate Engelhorn reflect on the Railway Farm and Frizz 23 respectively, while Roberto Bosi writes about emerging finalist Enrico Fermi School in his essay entitled “New Thresholds of Education”. In honour of the two winning works, you can read Rowan Moore’s “Sociability on a Grand Scale” on the winning piece, Town House – Kingston University, and Ilka and Andres Ruby, who together wrote “The Future of Housing: La Borda by Lacol”, for the emerging winner.
Finally, and in fact, to begin with, it is the voices of the members of the jury of this 2022 edition that are given the space to express their thoughts on the selected works and on the responsibility of being involved in this process of reflection and debate on contemporary European architecture, represented by the EUmies Awards.